Rosacea: Triggers, Key Ingredients & Treatments
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that is usually found in a butterfly form across the nose and cheeks. It’s a chronic condition and can arise at any age, but usually common in middle-aged women. The causes of rosacea are unclear, however, it’s usually passed down through genetics. It’s a common skin condition and therefore I’ll cover the triggers for flare-ups along with recommendations for how to look after your skin as there are a lot of loose marketing terms and products claiming to help which may cause more harm than good.
Being aware of your triggers is important, it doesn’t mean you have to avoid them completely, but always have an SOS product ready. The top 5 triggers for a rosacea flare-up are wind, hot weather, emotional stress, heavy exercise and sun exposure.
Lifestyle can also cause flare-ups, such as a change in temperature or seasons, acute stress, lack of sleep and exercise. In terms of diet, hot and spicy foods, lots of coffee and alcohol, especially wine are also triggers.
The top two ingredients to include within your routine if you have this skin condition are azelaic acid and niacinamide.
Azelaic acid is a very effective anti-inflammatory ingredient. It protects the cells from free radical damage whilst also reducing inflammation within the skin. It’s a dicaroxylic acid, that helps to unclog pores and refine the surface of the skin. It slows down emerging skin conditions, targets pigmentation spots, dull complexion, sensitivty, scars, impurities and calms rosacea. Remember to alternate this product with nourishing products, it isn’t recommended for daily use on its own.
Niacinamide is also an anti-inflammatory ingredient. It helps to repair damage and allows the cells to function properly, creating a healthy environment. It also promotes ceramides, which help to strengthen the skins barrier function. This ensures the skin is resillient to external aggressors and triggers for a flare-up.
Key Rules with Rosacea:
- Understand your triggers
- Minimise fragrance, think about household products you can use as well as skincare.
- Ease into active ingredients
- Avoid overly hot showers
- SOS Product: Clinisoothe+ or Clinisept
- Let the skin cool down after exercise or a shower before applying any products as the skin will be more reactive.
There are extremely beneficial and effective treatments for rosacea. Our Red LED treatment is brilliant for anti-inflammatory purposes and can really calm down the skin during a flare-up.
The Venus Versa skin resurfacing treatment is also another brilliant treatment to help tackle rosacea. It’s painless, non-invasive, and helps to boost the health of the skin. It reduces rosacea, and calms inflammation and areas of redness caused by broken capillaries.
Its other benefits are improving the appearance of acne scarring and also improving acne by reducing inflammation and destroying bacteria. If you have acne, acne scarring, or rosacea skin condition, I’d highly recommend you book in for this treatment. You’ll see visible results after the first session, and continuous improvement from then onwards.
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