According to The National Rosacea Society (NRS), April has been designated as Rosacea Awareness Month and helps to educate the public on the real effects of rosacea and to dismantle the misconceptions that surround this chronic skin condition.
An estimated 16 million Americans are affected by rosacea, but many patients have never heard of this disease nor do they know the symptoms associated.
WHAT IS ROSACEA?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that usually affects the face, often the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin are involved. The cause of rosacea is still unknown and can be developed in many ways and at any age. The symptoms of rosacea can vary, but it is often categorized by facial redness, skin thickening, facial swelling and visible blood vessels in more advanced cases.
While there is no cure for rosacea, it is still a treatable skin condition. Most patients are prescribed antibiotics due to their anti-inflammatory properties, while others are advised light-therapy, in which light at a specific wavelength is absorbed by the blood vessels in the skin, allowing them to shrink down and improve the skin’s appearance. It is an effective procedure; however, long-term therapy is required.
Patients with rosacea are also urged to identify lifestyle and environmental factors that can be exacerbating flare-ups and redness. This can be anything from diet, stress, or exposure to certain environmental triggers. Alcohol, spicy foods, hot drinks and even dairy can trigger rosacea to flare up, while environmental factors, like sun exposure, can aggravate the condition. Removing or minimizing these triggers from your lifestyle, and managing your exposure to certain elements can help you avoid future discomfort and further irritation.
THE BEST SKINCARE FOR REDNESS
The first step to using skincare to manage redness caused by rosacea is to make an appointment with a physician or skincare specialist. Everyone’s skin is different, even those suffering from rosacea. It’s important to understand what could be the underlying factors and triggers that can cause a flare-up or other skin condition. A dermatologist will help you better understand the best way to treat your skin.
Skincare can either aggravate or soothe red, sensitized skin. It’s important to use products that are soothing, and full of antioxidants in order to combat free radical damage, which could be damaging the skin’s barrier allowing further irritation.
Rozatrol®—a multi-modal treatment from ZO® Skin Health—is clinically proven to help relieve the signs of red, sensitized skin. This product contains an advanced amino acid complex to help restore and calm the skin through hydration.
Gentle, exfoliating properties improve skin texture, a special blend helps to reduce excess oil – a root cause of redness – and an exclusive plant stem cell complex additionally soothes and provides powerful antioxidant protection against free radical damage.
At the 6-week interval, Rozatrol® demonstrated a decrease in the visible signs and symptoms associated with rosacea.
If you are looking for a full protocol to treat red, sensitized skin, ZO® Skin Health also offers the Skin Normalizing System—a selection of therapeutic products designed to soothe with hydration and support a healthy skin barrier.