Rosacea: Your Rosacea Guide…
Let us let you in on a little secret… rosacea affects around 5.46% of the adult population , and in surveys conducted by National Rosacea Society (NRS), nearly 90 percent of rosacea patients said this condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem . According to , more than 14 million people are living with rosacea. Those are quite high statistics!
At Flawless Rejuvenation, we pride ourselves on our care with our rosacea patients, with a number of staff members being rosacea sufferers themselves. It’s clear rosacea is a very prevalent skin condition that affects millions of people each and every year.
But what is rosacea? Could you have rosacea? And what can we do to reduce signs and symptoms? We have all the answers right here.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that can be triggered due to genetics, medication, pregnancy and hormonal changes. There are 4 subtypes of rosacea:
- Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea – the most common form of rosacea. Consists of telangiectasias and erythema across the face, focused on the cheeks.
- Papulopustular Rosacea – consists of small papules and erythema on the face, focused on the cheek area.
- Phymatous Rosacea – focused on the nose area.
- Ocular Rosacea – focused on the eye area.
What causes rosacea within the skin?
There are a number of factors that cause rosacea to flare. To name a few;
- Demodex mites: The truth is, we all have Demodex mites living in the hair follicles of our skin. However those with rosacea have more of them!
- Inflamed vasculature: Inflammation of the vasculature within the skin is a primary cause of the erythematous appearance of rosacea on the skin. This could be due to the over abundance of demodex mites within the hair follicles. As well as, expression of matrix metalloproteinases and vascular endothelial growth factor is increased in rosacea .
- Filaggrin mutation: The role of filaggrin is to generate natural moisturising factors (NMFs) and to provide a scaffold for the extracellular lipid matrix found in your epidermis. If filaggrin is not synthetized correctly or if there is a mutation, then the differentiation of keratinocytes will be dysregulated, and the barrier will be compromised. Furthermore, this barrier compromisation induces a process called Trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), and dehydration within the skin arises . On the skin, this looks like red blotches, and overall skin dehydration.
Treatment options for rosacea?
With an array of different treatment options at Flawless Rejuvenation to tackle rosacea, we’re almost spoilt for choice. See below some of our favourites;
- Laser genesis: Laser genesis is a great modality to reduce the appearance of redness in the skin by bulk heating. We stimulate the skin to 40-41 degrees to shut down microvessels within the skin and stimulate collagen and elastin production. We normally recommend 4-6 treatments to see a good result!
- IPL: Intense-pulsed light improves rosacea by ablating these abnormal vessels and might also improve the dermal connective tissue disorganisation and elastosis by the process of collagen remodelling . We normally require 1-3 treatments to see a good result.