How to tackle redness and rosacea

How to treat rosacea

We have some expert tips on how to treat rosacea and redness. Image supplied.

With the cooler weather suddenly imminent and the temperature continuing to drop in the coming months across New Zealand, for those suffering from rosacea and similar skin conditions – the cold oftentimes signals the onset of symptoms and is an extremely common trigger for sufferers.

We chatted to salon supplier The Global Beauty Group to learn more about the most common triggers and how to best treat rosacea flare ups and skin redness this winter.

Unfortunately, facial redness isn’t just a cute blush-like flush (we wish!) it can present as rosacea, broken capillaries, patchiness or even just general sensitivity. Whilst it can appear at any age (even childhood) flushing or unwanted redness tends to peak from ages 30-50, presenting primarily across the face. It is a common inflammatory condition that can affect anyone, although woman with fair skin over the age of 30 are the most susceptible. It can also be hereditary so you can thank your parents for that unlucky hand-me-down!

What are the main triggers?
For those that suffer from the various forms of redness – navigating the various triggers can sometimes feel like a minefield as they, along with the symptoms can be varied and often unpredictable. Keeping a diary can be a helpful way to help assist you identify and then avoid your personal triggers. Some of the most common are: –

  • Heat, sunlight, UV rays or extreme temperature changes can all cause flare-ups
  • Physical exercise or prolonged periods of exertion
  • Hormone fluctuations including menopause
  • Friction due to pillows, mask wearing or using tissues
  • Aggressive or unsuitable skincare/perfume (containing alcohol)
  • Lifestyle factors such as stress and diet – in particular alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods

A gentle, calming skincare routine is recommended. Look for non-comedogenic, fragrance and alcohol-free products with mild ingredients, designed specifically for sensitive skin. Avoid harsh cleansers and stick to oil based, milky cleansers – even better yet look for ones that do not require water at all as it can be very stripping for sensitive faces. If you must use water, remember to keep the temperature lukewarm at all times, this includes showering.

When trying to find the best skincare products for your face, always patch test new products before applying directly to your face. Some stockists will even allow you to take a small sample home to try first to see if your skin reacts favorably. Always remember to be extremely gentle when applying your skincare and avoid unnecessary rubbing.

Hydration is key to both preventing flare-ups and speeding up the healing process. Look for supportive, hydrating ingredients such as jojoba oil, shea butter and rosehip oil. Ingredients such as Azelaic Acid has also been known to assist with certain types of rosacea.

And lastly… sunscreen, sunscreen and more sunscreen! Protection really is the best cure of them all when it comes to skin sensitivities.

Although there is no real cure, there are many treatments currently on the market including IPL laser solutions that can help reduce and even prevent redness and rosacea flare ups. We had a chat to our friends – beauty suppliers The Global Beauty Group to learn more about the various treatments available.

 How to treat rosacea

How to treat rosacea

IPL redness reduction
IPL photorejuvenation or vascular therapy uses controlled pulses of filtered light from an IPL to target underlying redness, broken capillaries, spider veins, red spots, rosacea or any other pesky red spots – leaving clients with a more even, uniform complexion. During the treatment, light from the IPL machine is converted to heat, damaging the blood vessel lining in the process. The body then works to flush out the destroyed blood vessel through the lymphatic system, reducing redness.  New collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid is stimulated to strengthen the skin, leading to a more youthful appearance.  IPL treatments are suitable for most skin types as well as being quick with little downtime, making them a convenient treatment that then allows you to go about your day with little interruption.

LED light therapy
LED therapy is a non-invasive, safe and gentle treatment that is perfect for all skin types – including the most sensitive. LED light therapy machines can help revitalise damaged tissue by activating the cells within the skin and improving their natural functions, increasing blood flow and aiding in detoxification. Yellow light in particular is extremely anti-inflammatory, making it an ideal solution for inflamed skin conditions such as dermatitis, rosacea and flushing.

How to treat rosacea

Red light can also assist by promoting repair and wound healing, making it the perfect follow up to aid in post-laser recovery.

Interested in trying any of these treatments or learning more about laser machines, IPL or LED? Call The Global Beauty Group on 0800 398 749 to find a treatment specialist in your area.

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