Despite affecting one in ten people, experts still can’t put their finger on exactly why rosacea rears its rosy head. Theories range from sun damage to genetics, and even an allergic reaction to tiny skin mites (demodex) that naturally set up camp on the skin’s surface but can cause trouble in numbers. Inflammation breaks down the skin’s elastic tissue over time, leaving it vulnerable. The earlier you take matters into your own hands, the better.
A 2015 survey in dermatology journal Cutis revealed that 47% of rosacea sufferers hadn’t heard of the condition before diagnosis, and 95% knew almost nothing about the warning signs—flushing, persistent redness, pimple-like bumps, visible blood vessels, skin sensitivity.
FACT: Women are three times more likely to get rosacea than men
Anyone who had had rosacea will understand the huge psychological impact this condition evokes in one’s life. From avoiding triggers such as alcohol, sunlight and harsh skin care, to changing the type of makeup that one uses on the daily basis. If you have been inflicted with rosacea, you will understand how pervasive this condition really is on all aspects of your life.
However, short of hiding your face under an inch of makeup, there are some pretty impressive treatments that can make a big difference to how your skin looks and feel.
This latest version of the Vbeam laser emits laser light using pulsed dye core. The vbeam wavelength is the gold standard for targeting the redness and broken capillaries that afflicts rosacea victims. In the past, doctors have been using IPL but with limited success. Vbeam is a simple treatment done at a doctor’s office and visible results can be seen in as little as two to four sessions.
In a study, azelaic acid was associated with a 72% decrease in rosacea lesions. Azelaic acid found in certain skin creams can be used to help reduce the symptoms of redness and flushing associated with rosacea. Of course, using skin care has to be associated with some amount of patience; results usually become apparent after a few weeks of judicious use.
Metronidazole is an antibiotic also found to be effective for rosacea patients. Combination therapy of a few effective ingredients may result in superior results compared to monotherapy. That is why many patients may choose to use a combination of anti-rosacea skincare daily such as metronidazole and azelaic acid.
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This low level light therapy , once a NASA technology to help improve astronaut’s skin health has also been commonly used on earth to improve skin healing and boost skin glow. This photobiomodulation light therapy is a very good in-clinic adjunct to those who wishes to keep rosacea symptoms at bay with a simple, cost-effective 20-minute facial option.
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With a plethora of different options available, there is no reason to suffer a red face in silence anymore. Using cosmetics as a coverage is a poor short-term option. Embracing the latest technological advancements will lead to better skin not only in the short-term but in the future as well.