What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin disorder that manifests itself as facial flushing, primarily in the central portion of the face. Although quite common, Rosacea can be frustrating and difficult to manage without the right tools, but La Chelé is here to help you take control of your redness once and for all.
What causes Rosacea?
Rosacea can be multifactorial, but its root causes are still being heavily researched in the medical space. Additional clinical features include papules, pustules, and telangectasias and some of these symptoms can often be mistaken for acne. Those with rosacea may also experience dry or flakey skin.
What are common rosacea triggers?
The stimuli for rosacea all cause increased blood flow to the face, resulting in facial flushing. Examples of common triggers include sunlight, wind, exercise, emotional stress, spicy food, alcohol, medication, irritating skincare products, and menopause.
What should you not use on your face if you have Rosacea?
Those with rosacea should use gentle products with no perfumes or dyes. Use of abrasive mechanical or chemical exfoliating products could also exacerbate redness and should be not be used. When cleansing, always use lukewarm water to avoid any additional flushing from excessive heat.
What products are good for Rosacea?
We recommend using ingredients that hydrate the skin, providing maintenance of the skin barrier can help with sensitivity. Here are some of our favorites:
- Topical growth factors are known to minimize inflammation.
- Plated’s growth factor serum is able to nourish and calm irritated skin.
- Plated protects against environmental free radicals that can contribute to cellular aging.
- Formulated specifically for sensitive skin, Plated can soothe and rejuvenate the skin.
- This gel is compounded with metronidazole 1%, ivermectin 1%, and niacinamide 4% which is the ideal combination of ingredients for rosacea.
- This topical helps with inflammatory papules and pustules and also has anti-microbial, anti-parasitic, and anti-oxidant properties.
- This ingredient contains both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and works to decrease rosacea by minimizing redness and swelling.
- Azelaic acid also helps by reducing keratin, keeping pores unclogged.
- Colorscience Even Up Pigment Corrector
- Can camouflage redness and provide an even base
- Also contains SPF 50
Sun protection is also critical when it comes to rosacea. Both heat from the sun as well as UV exposure can intensify rosacea. Ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc are best for creating a barrier on the skin. Look for lotion and cream formulations, as they can be less drying on the skin.
What kind of laser is best for rosacea? Does IPL/ BBL work on rosacea?
The most suitable lasers to treat rosacea target hemoglobin, which is the component of a blood vessel that is responsible for redness. Broadband light (BBL) is a light therapy that helps to treat the underlying vascular component of rosacea. The BBL is able to target red pigment, shrinking blood vessels and diminishing the appearance of rosacea. Unlike other light-based therapies, BBL uses high speeds, power, and cooling to ensure treatments are quick and comfortable. The BBL also has the ability to induce new collagen formation, meaning that it will not only even your skin tone, but it will also fight the aging process! We do advise a series of 3 treatments, each one month apart. Maintenance treatments should be performed quarterly.
Does rosacea come back after laser treatment and how long to see results from a laser for rosacea?
Rosacea does not have a cure, however symptoms can be managed by avoiding triggers, following an appropriate skincare routine, and incorporating results driven treatments. Consistency of both at home skincare, and in-office treatments will yield optimal results.
Is there a cure for rosacea?
Rosacea is a lifelong skin condition and it cannot be cured but it can be managed. A multimodal approach is recommended, as it can target rosacea from many angles. With the help of our highly skilled medical aestheticians, you can take control of your rosacea and have the complexion you’ve always wanted!