Wednesday, August 8, 2012

5 Common Questions About Rosacea



What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic disorder that is estimated to affect the lives of over 16 million Americans. Rosacea causes areas of skin to appear red, inflamed and sometimes bumpy. It primarily affects facial skin but has also been known to flare up on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. While rosacea is characterized by red flare-ups and remission, left untreated it can lead to a buildup of tissue that causes areas to appear “swollen.”

What causes rosacea?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a known cure for rosacea. Research has shown that it typically starts after the age of thirty and people with fair skin who are prone to flush easily are believed to be at greater risk. There are also more diagnosed cases in women than in men.

What are the symptoms of rosacea?
The most common symptoms of rosacea include prolonged flushing, persistent redness, bumps and pimples (excluding blackheads), and visible blood vessels. Other symptoms may include eye irritation, burning or itching skin, dry skin, raised patches of skin called plaques, thickening of the skin and swelling.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms we recommend booking an appointment with your dermatologist.

How can I treat my rosacea?
glo therapeutics offers several products to help relieve rosacea symptoms. Our Peptide + Defense has copper peptides in it which are soothing and can help reduce inflammation and our Retinol CS helps regulate texture irregularities. Dermatologists can also prescribe oral medications and well as specialized laser  treatments. However for a less invasive option find a dermatologist who specializes in glo therapeutics and try a Salicylic 30% Peel. The salicylic will kill demodex mites which are prevalent in rosacea as well as reduce inflammation with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Niacinamide .

It’s also important to learn possible triggers.


Can makeup help cover rosacea?
Yes, the right makeup can help cover the symptoms of rosacea. Our national makeup artist covers this in a recent Q&A post here: Q&A with Kate McCarthy: How to Cover Rosacea



We hope this helps answer some of you questions about rosacea. To learn more please visit www.rosacea.org.


Here are some other helpful post regarding common skin concerns: 5 Common Questions about Acne
5 Common Questions about Melasma
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