Posted by Vivant Skin Care

 
Rosacea can be managed with a variety of methods.


Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness on the face. Though there is no cure for it, there are treatments that can help minimize the symptoms.

Although not everything is known about what causes rosacea, sufferers have unusually sensitive skin that flushes more easily and appears red. Rosacea normally appears on the forehead, nose and cheeks of people with light skin. There is no medical test to diagnose rosacea, but a doctor can determine if a patient has it upon examination.

Causes of Rosacea

Acne-like bumps can sometimes accompany the redness of rosacea and they are difficult to treat with the usual medications because of the skin's increased sensitivity. The acne may be caused by a number of different factors including bacteria on skin mites, stress, or an inflammatory response by the immune system. Rosacea could even be associated with autoimmune disease.

There is no cure for rosacea once it appears, but sufferers can have periods of remission and can manage flare-ups with lifestyle changes. Most rosacea sufferers have one or more triggers that bring about a flare-up. Some common triggers include the following:

 

  • Stress
  • Hot or cold weather
  • Wind
  • Alcohol
  • Hot baths
  • Heavy exercise
  • Allergies
  • Spicy foods
  • Sun exposure
  • Some skin care products


Treatment of Rosacea

Once sufferers identify their particular triggers, they can avoid them and cut down on the number of flare-ups. One study by the National Rosacea Society found that 96% of sufferers who had identified triggers for their rosacea reduced their flare-ups by avoiding those things.

When flare-ups do occur, topical treatments are available to reduce redness and treat bumps and pimples. Vivant Skin Care's Rejuv Rx is specially formulated with oligopeptides that counteract the inflammatory processes that can trigger flare-ups. Using Rejuv Rx daily suppresses redness and repairs the skin's barrier. Using a blue LED light at night can also help treat rosacea.

 

Cold weather can be a trigger for rosacea flare-ups, but a specially tailored regimen can help keep it under control.


Rejuv Rx also contains lactic acid and niacinamide to smooth fine lines and prevent future signs of aging. Once the rosacea flare-up is soothed, gentle skin care products such as Mandelic Acid Wash may be used. Mandelic acid is one of the gentlest AHAs that can penetrate the skin and work deeper than just on the surface.

Some physicians will prescribe topical antibiotics to treat rosacea in addition to other treatments. It isn't really known why antibiotics are effective in treating rosacea flare-ups, but they do seem to help. It is significant that mandelic acid has antibiotic properties and may help reduce or prevent flare-ups after the initial use of Rejuv Rx.

Sometimes rosacea redness fades with treatment, only to reveal noticeable spider veins in the same area where the redness had been. Physicians can use laser treatments to treat these veins.

Using products that contain sun protection can be helpful in preventing sun exposure flare-ups. Vivant Skin Care's Day Treatment Lotion SPF15 is gentle enough to use with Rejuv Rx and provides hydration and anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as being non-comedogenic to keep skin clear.

Using a gentle cleanser is also important when dealing with rosacea. For normal or oily skin, we recommend Green Tea Antioxidant Cleanser, and for dry or sensitive skin, Cleansing Milk will provide gentle hydration.

If you have questions, please call us at 800.984.8268 to talk with a Vivant Skin Care specialist.