Rosacea is a non-contagious relatively common skin inflammation that primarily affects the facial area. It often begins with a tendency to blush more easily than other people. Surface capillaries dilate; creating a red flush that may be accompanied by small pustules. The most severe cases of Rosacea can create an enlarged nose, referred to as Rhinophyma.
Rosacea is most predominant in skins with Scandinavian or Celtic heritage, is three times more common in women and can develop from the age of 30. The severe forms are however dominated by men.
Renude Laser offers a range of solutions that achieve good results, including two forms of laser treatments as well as enzyme peels.
What Causes Rosacea?
The official cause is considered unknown however, healing the gastro-intestinal tract is one of the first things to implement, as unbalanced intestinal bacteria flora is considered as one of the possible triggers. It is thought to relate to an overactive immune response to bacteria. As 85% of your immunity comes from the gut, the gut is an important place to start with.
Heliobacter Pylori has also commonly been seen in Rosacea. It is a highly contagious bacterial infection in the stomach that can generally present with no symptoms itself. A skin microbe has also been postulated as a trigger for Rosacea. A combination of hereditary and environmental factors can also trigger and aggravate its symptoms.
Triggers known to exacerbate Rosacea are anything that can vasodilate (enlarge) the blood vessels including; heat, temperature changes, strenuous exercise, sunburn, stress, spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, and food intolerances, including histamines as well as some skin care products. Stress and sun exposure seemed to be the greatest triggers as seen from a recent Polish study.
Papulopustular rosacea: Redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts.
Phymatous rosacea: Skin thickens and has a bumpy texture.
Ocular rosacea: Eyes red and irritated, eyelids can be swollen, and the person may have what looks like a sty.
With time, people who have rosacea often see permanent redness in the centre of their face.
Rosacea Treatment Solutions
In normal skin, new skin cells and collagen are formed in the deeper layers of the skin and are then pushed up and through the pore. If the process of regeneration is not functioning well, the visible appearance of the skin will not look healthy. Anything that causes vasodilation of blood vessels can exacerbate the condition.
If the skin stays red for a long time, it means the blood flow is not circulating properly. Inflammation is a result.
We have created a three step laser protocol for Rosacea here at Renude Laser Clinic, to achieve superior results. The steps are designed to help create new healthy skin by reducing inflammation and redness.
Our laser is the unique solution for flawless skin. This versatile laser can remove most epidermal skin lesions such as freckles and sun spots while also having the ability to treat into the dermis and target discolorations. The laser has settings that targets small vascular anomalies and can show improvement in conditions such as Rosacea.
We have a dual approach with our Q switched laser, the first is applying a laser that removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores, giving the skin a chance to heal and help it start the process of laying down beautiful new skin. Within the same session, another laser is applied, one that specifically targets the red pigment of the blood vessels and discolouration that Rosacea produces.
As the light enters the epidermis and the dermis it is absorbed by blood vessels, causing the vessels to close off. Over time, and with the right course of treatment, the redness that causes Rosacea becomes reduced as the body naturally absorbs the blood vessels.
Cold or Low Level Laser Therapy
Cold or Low Level Laser Treatment is the third laser step in the Renude treatment. It is a non-abrasive painless treatment that directly stimulates the regenerative processes of the skin, promoting cell renewal, reducing inflammation and limiting redness. It adds to the benefits of the Q switched laser but by a different mechanism. The power house of the cell (mitochondria) is stimulated, increasing its energy production and stimulating an immune system response, all without heat. This is a true light therapy. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a medical grade laser with research papers showing results in the fields of dentistry, veterinary science, sports medicine and medical science.
Wound healing, collagen production, lymphoedema reduction, sports performance and pain modulation are areas showing impressive results. Our particular laser not only uses red, infra-red and anti-microbial blue light, it also contains an additional super pulsed laser that penetrates deep into the skin for greater repair. Photo rejuvenation creates increased collagen density and cellular repair as well as dampening the immune response without discomfort. A recent study has found LLLT prior to UV sun exposure provided a significant protection against UV-B induced redness.
A non-harsh chemical sunscreen should be worn daily to prevent and slow down the potential reactions of Rosacea to sun exposure. Exposure to daylight is considered to be a major factor in the initiation and progression of Rosacea. It is also essential to use sunscreen following any laser treatments
Everything that touches rosacea skin matters. Chemical free natural skin care to help soothe and reduce inflammation is ideal. Skin care that contains chemicals can cause a reactive response of the skin. Get to know what is in your products. Sulphates found in foaming lotions for example can be highly irritating. Read about toxic ingredients in skin care here
Pure enzyme exfoliants are a wonderful way to help renew and regenerate the skin and jojoba oil is wonderfully hydrating.
Spraying with facial water or facial mists can decrease redness and inflammation. They work by reducing skin temperature and imparting a soothing effect. Some sprays have small amounts of anti-inflammatories such as sulfur (different from sulphates!). If you live in an area where the tap water contains harsh chemicals, spraying the skin after cleansing can remove these harmful impurities. Spray immediately after cleansing, before the application of any other product such as serum, moisturizer or sunscreen, and at any time of the day that your skin feels heated.
We have been able to source the purest of ingredients for skin repair and rejuvenation. Any commercial skin creams tend to clog the pores, which is why natural botanicals with healing properties are treatments to consider.
Rosacea is a whole body problem and healing the skin is a holistic thing. Topical solutions are only part of it, but still very important. Changing the diet to remove allergens and treating potentially irritating gastro-intestinal bacteria are important to help resolve or reduce Rosacea. As Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition, diets that are anti-inflammatory can be very helpful. Remember, your skin is a reflection of your internal environment. Healthy fats, organic fruit and vegetables, high quality clean proteins and anti-inflammatory foods and herbs can make a difference.
Food allergens such as FODMAPS and Nightshades food can be irritants for many and would need to be addressed. Sugar and processed foods should be eliminated, Vitamin D levels are also important to be checked. The active form of Vitamin D regulates an anti-microbial peptide in the skin.
Many natural plant extracts, spices and herbs do more than just lower red, inflamed breakouts, they can also be effective for fighting bacterial growth, yeast and fungus infections. They seem to help by improving blood flow to the affected area, reducing the presence of bacteria that can aggravate skin and preventing cell death of healthy cells.
Helping your adrenal glands with adaptogenic herbs and learning to meditate are great stress defenders. People have different ways to reduce stress, just make it a healthy one.
Treat Now, Not Later
Rosacea is a chronic condition. When left untreated it typically worsens and becomes more difficult to treat. Resolve to address and manage symptoms as they occur. Recognize that time is not unlimited when it comes to getting things right with your skin.
The benefits of change do take time. While positive skin care changes often bring rapid improvement, their long-term benefits are less impressive if they’re not maintained. Staying on the right course is the most deciding factor in whether your skin care issues are resolved.
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For any health concerns, Dr Julie Epstein MBBS FRACP, an Integrative Consulting Physician with a long term interest in internal Anti-Ageing Medicine and Hormonal Imbalances is available for consultation at our premises. She investigates the whole body ecosystem and its balance rather than organ specific medicine. Evidence based medicine underpins Dr Epstein’s assessments, diagnoses and treatments.