Rosacea is one of the most common skin disorders affecting the central region of the face.   It is estimated that ten percent of the population will develop the primary signs of rosacea within their lifetime.   Generally speaking rosacea can occur in any skin type; however, fair-skinned people over the age of thirty are most likely to develop rosacea.   In addition, current research indicates that women are more likely to develop rosacea by a ratio of 3:1 when compared to men.   In all cases, the inflammation characteristic of this disorder indicates poor skin barrier health.

The dermaviduals skin care range takes a corneotherapeutic approach to correcting the defective skin  barrier associated with rosacea skin.   Using bio identical ingredients, dermaviduals skin care works by promoting a normalized barrier function that is much better equipped to resist the external triggers of rosacea.  Since we know that rosacea patients have a defective skin barrier system it is necessary to avoid skin care formulations that degrade the protective barrier system.   Products that contain emulsifiers, fragrance, dyes, silicones, and preservatives can cause irritation, worsen rosacea symptoms, and may lead to the progression of the disorder.

Based on genetics and the subtype of rosacea, we know events that trigger a reaction are different in each person.   Therefore, when considering a skin care product, a one-size-fits-all approach is often inappropriate.

The dermaviduals skin care range corrects the skin by taking into account an individual need.    The customization and blending of bio-identical moisturizers, gels and anti-inflammatory serums, help fortify and strengthen the barrier system leading to a reduction in redness, dryness, pustules and papules.

Free from harmful ingredients, the dermaviduals skin care range is appropriate for the health and recovery of the most sensitive skins, including rosacea.

The typical characteristics of rosacea include:

  • Permanent diffused redness
  • Flushing
  • Inflammation
  • Rhinophyma
  • Ocular lesions
  • Papules and pustules
  • Visible blood vessels (telangiectasia)

 

The early onset of rosacea will include symptoms such as:

  • Flushing
  • Permanent redness
  • Papules and pustules
  • Visible blood vessels

 

Unless properly managed, the symptoms of rosacea can progress into the following subtypes:

  • Subtype 1:  flushing,  persistent erythema (redness), visible blood vessels
  • Subtype 2:  persistent erythema, papules, pustules
  • Subtype 3:  thickened skin, surface nodules
  • Subtype 4:  ocular rosacea:  watery, bloodshot eyes with burning and dryness

 

Like many inflammatory skin conditions the pathology of rosacea is complex.  Generally considered to be a malfunction of the innate immune system, certain factors stimulate a cascade of events which cause an exaggerated response to internal and external triggers.  The end result is chronic inflammation and vascular changes to the facial skin.

So what are the triggers of rosacea?   According to the National Rosacea Society the triggers of rosacea include:

  • Sun exposure
  • Hot weather
  • Wind
  • Hot baths
  • Indoor heat
  • Spicy foods
  • Heated beverages
  • Medications
  • Certain fruits
  • Marinated meats
  • Emotional stress
  • Cold weather
  • Humidity
  • Heavy exercise
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Inappropriate skin care products
  • Inappropriate cosmetics
  • Medical conditions (menopause)
  • Certain vegetables
  • Dairy products

Obviously, avoiding these triggers and using appropriate skin care products and habits is a key strategy in the management of rosacea.

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