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Like most common but harmless skin problems, rosacea is a chronic (ongoing) condition that is characterized most commonly by facial erythema (redness). Although it is harmless and mostly a cosmetic problem, rosacea can flair up frequently without warning and may require repeated treatment to keep under control. The good news is that several topical treatments are available today to help calm this inflammation and reduce the appearance over time.

The “What”

Rosacea is actually broken down into four “subtypes” that may occur on their own or in combination with each other:
1) Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: This type is permanent redness in people with a tendency to appear flushed or blushing easily. Small blood vessels may be visible along the skin surface and in some cases; the skin may experience an itching or burning sensation.

2) Papulopustular rosacea: This type is most easily confused with acne as it is classified by red papules (bumps) on the skin that may be pus filled.

3) Phymatous rosacea: This type is actually associated with another condition called rhinophyma which is an enlargement of the nose. This has many symptoms such as thickening skin, irregular surface nodularities and enlargement. This can affect the chin, forehead, nose, eyelids and ears. Small blood vessels may be visible along the skin surface as well.

4) Ocular rosacea: This will cause red, dry and irritated eyes and eyelids.

Although these are the four main subtypes that occur in most people, there are variations and any condition should be consulted by a doctor (such as a dermatologist) before pursuing any treatment options.

The “Why”

It is natural to want to understand why a certain condition has developed. Although some conditions can be prevented with proper skin care and diet, others are inherited or develop because of factors beyond our control. Rosacea has many sources that have been identified by researchers over the years including: sun exposure, emotional stress, hot weather, wind, heavy exercise, alcohol consumption, hot baths, cold weather, spicy foods, humidity, indoor heat, certain skin care products, some foods, etc.
It is easy to see that sometimes identifying the exact source of rosacea can be problematic. But since it is an inflammation of the skin, most topical treatments can assist in controlling the condition and reducing the appearance and symptoms. Severe conditions may require prescriptions from a doctor for treatment.

The “Who”

Rosacea primarily occurs in Caucasian or fair skinned people of North Eastern European descent but it is not restricted to this. It occurs in both men and women but women are three times more likely to develop this condition. Primary onset occurs between the ages of 30 and 60.

The “How”

So how can you treat rosacea once it occurs? From the list of causes you have probably surmised that the initial onset will need to be treated after the fact and not as a preventative approach. Topical treatments are most common and applied directly to this skin to reduce the inflammation and soothe any irritation. Depending on the severity of the condition, normal cosmetics may be sufficient to cover the redness with no additional treatment required.
Rosacea is not a “curative” condition and may go through periods of inflammation and flair ups. Short term treatments may provide short term relief but the condition could reoccur as soon as treatment has been discontinued. Long term treatments are usually required to maintain control over rosacea.

What to Try

Try a simple but effective topical treatment that is applied directly to the face for relief from the inflammation. A wonderful choice is the RosaCalm, a unique marine complex combined with willow herb and oat beta-glucan help to reduce the appearance of facial redness and calm reactive skin with continued daily use.

Final Thoughts

Although rosacea is an irritating an ongoing condition for most, there are ways to control the problem and find relief. Remember that proper skin care is a lifelong commitment and needs to be fine tuned and developed for your individual skin type and needs. Consult with a dermatologist or esthetician to find the products that will best suit your needs and take control of your rosacea today!

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          Acid on your skin? Are we crazy to even suggest such a thing? We’re crazy about great skin care products for the average consumer looking for fast and effective treatments perhaps. Don’t let the “acid” in skin care scare you away from trying out some effective treatments for a common problem that can plague someone for a lifetime: acne.           

Before learning about the treatment it is important to learn about the problem in question.

            Acne is more than just a mild annoyance on the skin that will clear up on its own. It is actually defined as an inflammatory disease involving the sebaceous glands of the skin. The trademark sign of an acne problem is hallmarked by the eruption of pimples or pustules, especially on the face. This is an especially common occurrence during the adolescent years.

            There is also a distant related cousin to be aware of called Rosacea. This is a chronic skin condition characterized by facial erythema (redness). This condition is an especially common occurrence for middle aged women with pale or fair skin tones. Since this is often coined as “adult acne”, treatments for the two conditions can usually be very similar.

But what can you do?

            Combating any skin issue can sometimes be a time consuming process. Just like going to the gym once will not tone your muscles permanently, applying one skin care treatment will probably not clear up your skin completely. Truly effective skin care treatments require time and patience to reverse damage and prevent further outbreaks from occurring. Remember these are the two main goals of any solution: maintenance and prevention.

 

            This is where treatments utilizing Salicylic Acid step into the picture and really shine. Think of salicylic acid as the heavy weight champion in the battle against acne and rosacea because it targets oil while exfoliating the pores. It neutralizes the bacteria that have formed inside the pores and this will help prevent the build up of oils again and in turn, preventing future breakouts from occurring.

            Important note: salicylic acid should not be used during pregnancy.

                Salicylic treatments should only be used as directed and it is essential to follow ALL skin care directions with any product. Overuse of salicylic treatments can lead to dryness of the skin or may cause irritation. It is recommended that during the course of any treatment containing salicylic acid that sun protection should be used including protecting the skin from direct exposure as well as the use of a sun block. Follow any use of salicylic treatments with an oil free moisturizer to restore skin hydration.

            Help keep your face looking clear with a treatment plan that has stood the test of time and can produce dramatic results. Consult with your esthetician or dermatologist with any questions regarding your specific skin type or any other pre-existing conditions.