Your Rosacea Guide; The What, Why & How
How To Treat Rosacea
Pale skin or Irish skin is more likely to suffer from Rosacea than any other skin type, did you know it is 3 times more common in women than men? Treating Rosacea can seem like an impossible task especially if you have suffered from Rosacea with much of your life.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that is commonly diagnosed by redness, or flushing in the skin. Although the exact cause of Rosacea is unknown, it is likely that those who suffer, their skin barrier will be impaired from the use of moisturisers. Without a healthy skin barrier, our skin cannot hydrate itself or protect itself correctly leading to large pores, blocked pores, pustules, papules and sensitive skin.
Those with Rosacea may find their skin worsened by certain triggers;
- Hot weather
- Alcohol stress
- Spicy food
- Other acidic foods or salty meats
Finding out what triggers affect you is important in helping you calm Rosacea particularly before any events.
Do I have Rosacea?
It’s important not to confuse Rosacea with other conditions such as acne as certain acne medications can irritate sensitive rosacea skin. The best way to know if you suffer from Rosacea is to seek help with skin specialist who can then recommend an ideal skin routine to help contain the flushing or redness and also strengthen your skin.
Rosacea will typically be the most obvious in women from the early 30s however it can occur at any time.
Signs & Symptoms
- Blocked Pores
- Dry feeling skin
- Using moisturisers
- Large Pores
- Rough skin
- Redness in skin
- Sensitive skin
Why Is My Skin Sensitive?
Skin sensitivity is most commonly caused by the use of moisturisers – these clog our pores and prevent our skin from producing its own moisture. This gives a false feeling of dryness in our sin which then leads to a moisturiser addiction. Even just 6 weeks of not using moisturisers can allow our skin to start producing its own hydration again.
How can I help with skin sensitivity?
Rosacea skin is one of the most difficult skin types to treat making it essential for a medical grade skin routine. The ZO Skin Health protocol for Rosacea Is one of the first specifically targeted to actively treat Rosacea.
Getting Skin Ready
As with all skin types the first step is to repair the skin barrier so your skin can protect itself. This is a simple 5 step routine;
Cleanse: Choose a cleanser that is gentle on the skin such as Foamacleanse or Hydrating Cleanser. This will remove makeup, keep pores clear without irritating skin.
Exfoliate: Using magnesium crystals exfoliating polish buffs away dead skin and keep pores clear and an even texture to the skin. Use twice a week.
Tone: Even if you think your skin is dry oil control is still necessary to help prevent pustules and blocked pores. Complexion renewal pads use salicylic acid to chemically exfoliate the skin.
Pore Refiner: Use instant pore refiner if needed to reduce oil production and reduce oil and shine. This keeps pores clean helping to prevent blemishes, strengthen the skin barrier as well as producing an antioxidant
Hydrate; Daily Power Defence is your moisturiser substitute, this contains ceramides, retinol, antioxidants and stimulates collagen. Use morning and night.
Redness control. Rozatrol by ZO Skin Health is the only targeted serum for Rosacea. Rozatrol target s the 5 main symptoms of Rosacea. –
- Minimises inflammation
- Promotes healthy cell turnover
- Removes excess oil
- Prevents neuro-ageing
- Maintains healthy communication between nerves and fibroblasts in the skin.
Always follow with a physical SPF during the day.
Though this may seem like complicated and time consuming it’s actually a fairly simple routine using high-quality ingredients that are tailored to what your skin actively needs. Your skin health specialist with fo over in the detail the order of the products as well as how often to use them. Your daily skin routine will take about 4 minutes and you will start to notice a difference in your skin in about 6 weeks. Other products such as growth factor serum can also be added for anti ageing benefits and overall skin health.
Treatments for Rosacea
There are very few treatments for Rosacea, however, the ZO Stimulation Peel that strengthens skin while improving texture and tone is ideal for all skin types.
A course of 4 once weekly no downtime peels are recommended for Rosacea skin types to improve texture, strengthen and brighten skin. You can find out more about the ZO Skin Peel here.