Some people seek a more flushed look and apply blush or pinch their cheeks to achieve it. But for people who are living with redness and rosacea, the longing for relief from flushing and redness is a daily reality. Rosacea is a chronic inflammation of the skin, mostly on the cheeks, nose, and forehead. It can be a very challenging condition to treat, but thanks to breakthroughs in dermatology, there are several laser and pulsed light therapies that can help to soothe and diminish the characteristic redness associated with rosacea.
Rosacea affects approximately 5% of Americans and it can vary from mild to extreme. There are four subtypes that patients experience:
- Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is characterized by redness, flushing and visible blood vessels.
- Papulopustular rosacea is characterized by acne, breakouts and skin sensitivity.
- Phymatous rosacea causes swelling, fluid retention and thickening of the skin.
- Ocular rosacea involves inflammation around the eyes.
The causes of rosacea are not fully understood and researchers now speculate that lifestyle may play a part in the development of rosacea. Dermatologists believe that the main cause is abnormalities in the facial blood vessels. Other experts suggest that H. pylori, a bacteria found in the gut, may play a role in rosacea development. Between 30% to 40% of people with rosacea have a family members who also has or had the condition, indicating that the condition could be genetic.
HEAL REDNESS & ROSACEA
There are many ingredients and organic essential oils that can greatly benefit patients who are experiencing rosacea. If you are treating rosacea topically, always use organic products. For more severe cases of rosacea, there are also laser and light therapy treatments that can calm flare-ups.