April is said to be Rosacea Awareness Month by the National Rosacea Society. And with over 2 million Rosacea Sufferers in Canada, its a good thing that such a program exists. When I look over the last decade of practicing esthetics, there are have been more and more clients coming into Pure + Simple concerned about their Rosacea. But I don’t think that its because it is on the rise so much as that people know what it is now.
Before, clients used to come in upset about their red breakouts that weren’t quite acne, weren’t quite eczema, and we would educate them about their skin’s actual condition. Furthermore, we would educate them about what they had to stop using in their skin care as well as how important factors such as diet, lifestyle and stress levels affected this specific ailment. So, in the spirit of Rosacea Awareness Month, I’m going to a little run down about what Rosacea is and how you can heal it. Spoiler alert: there’s a ton of info here.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is one of the most extreme forms of sensitivity, but it is in face a cardiovascular disorder. Rosacea (aka Acne Rosacea), is also referred to as “adult acne”, as many victims are first affected in their thirties (not so coincedentally the Pitta stage of life, ). This is usually because most Rosacea sufferers have been in the pre-Rosacea stage for a long period of time without knowing it or treating it.
Signs of Rosacea:
– Profuse Blushing
– Skin Redness
– Broken Capillaries
In advanced stages:
– Permanent Redness
– Thickening of the skin tissue
– Papules (pimples that cannot be squeezed out)
– Deformation of the skin tissue (ex. bulbous nose)
But there are different stages of Rosacea and knowing which stage you are in will help prevent you from progression to the next, more severe stage.
Stages of Rosacea
Stage one – pre Rosacea: classic sensitivity with occasional blushing + flushing
Stage two – mild Rosacea: the occurrence of bouts of flushing + heated inflammation which lasts for several hours
Stage three – moderate Rosacea: permanent flushing + redness. Easily aggravated to stinging, burning + heated inflammation. Possible pustules.
Stage four – severe Rosacea: A minority of Rosacea sufferers progress to this stage. Pustules, deformation, bulbous nose. Usually occurs in men, often induced by alcoholism.
What causes this frustrating skin ailment? Well the precursors are both internal and external….but mostly internal. This is important as it demonstrates how it also must be treated internally as well as topically.
– Poor Digestion – causing internal inflammation
– Skin Dehydration – along with internal dehydration
– Genetics – family history of rosacea and inflammation
– Over Exercising – this can also break capillaries from pressure on our tissues
– High Stress – stress on the body translates into inflammation and depleted skin tissue
– High Pitta – excess fire leads to heat in the skin
– High Acid – this can be mitigated by eating more alkaline foods
– Overworked Liver – liver regulates hormones (which can be inflaming when out of balance) as well as stores heat according to Eastern Medicine.
– Constantly irritated skincare and over-peeling
Soothing Skincare Solutions
It is important to be cautious when using AHA’s, retinols + exfoliants. While those with Rosacea + sensitive skin may be able to use them once their condition is under control, these peeling agents should not be used on inflamed skin types. The best way to lessen inflammation + redness is with gentle cooling products like the Holistic Vanity Rosacea Care Line.
Clogging ingredients can also contribute to sensitive skin as it prevents the skin from being truly moisturized. It also prevents really healthy skin as it suffocates the skin + causes blockages in its surface/pores. This is why natural, gentle skincare is so important. Lastly, avoid stimulating/ depleting ingredients such as:
Sodium Laurel Sulfate
Petroleum, Paraffin Petrolatum
Propylene Glycol (any glycol can be drying in the long run)
For even more information of Rosacea, visit the Sensitive Skin/ Rosacea section of this site. The info for sensitive skin also applied to Rosacea OR check our my Book: Beauty Pure and Simple.