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27 Sep '14

Rosacea-Couperose-Erythrosis-Redness

Posted by Linda Elle

Image Credit - Laboratoire Dr Renaud ~ Picture above using Dr Renaud Rosa C Emulsion and Rosa C SOS Serum for 30 days

DIFFUSED REDNESS of the skin, across the cheeks and the nose, is the temporary reaction to ordinary situations such as sudden changes in temperature, alcohol or spicy food consumption. Over time these may progress to erythrosis and couperose.  ERYTHROSIS is when there is permanent dilation of blood vessels on the face, especially across the cheeks and the nose.  COUPEROSE vessels are more dilated than others and are clearly visible over a background of erythrosis. 15% of the population is affected by this skin condition that may lead to rosacea. It is important to pay attention to these vasco-reactive skins in order to improve the aesthetic aspect and prevent their characteristic signs from getting worst.

ROSACEA  is a chronic, progressive and benighn dermatitis causing inflammation and redness of the face, it is common enough since it affects over 45 million people worldwide - 13 million in North America of which 2 million are Canadians.  ROSACEA is characterized by 3 main clinical signs that may be combined in a varying manner and located mainly on the central area of the face:  1- inflammation of the central area of the face - in the form of flushes or permanent redness sometimes with swelling  -  2 - Telangiectasia (Visible capillaries) - 3 - Papular of papulopustular eruptions

Rosacea cannot be cured but may be controlled and its progression limited.  If you are using a prescribed medicated product from a dr. please allow 10 minutes after application before applying another product over it.....  Rosacea is a disorder found usually in the 25-60 yrs age group but if you are genetically predisposed it can develop at any age!.

Rosacea often manifests itself in Caucasian and very fair skin, this skin type is often highly sensitive to heat, wind, cold and especially the sun. Years of exposure to these elements often manifests into Rosacea later in life. The severity, however, increases as you age so managing your condition is of the utmost importance.  In its mildest form, rosacea causes prominent redness in the cheeks, giving the impression that the affected person is chronically blushing.

Rosacea starts with skin that stays continuously red and doesn't return to its normal color. Left untreated it can cause papules (red solid bumps) or pustules (pus-filled bumps). Other symptoms, such as enlarged blood vessels, flaky patches, oily skin, skin sensitivity, and breakouts, become more and more visible.Once you have rosacea your old skincare regimens is old news.  You have to change your skincare and your routine.  Remember there is not one regimen that works for everyone! but following some basic guidelines will help you make the right decisions for your skin.

Usually found on the cheeks and nose but if neglected can appear on the chin and forehead, these areas are usually flushed red in appearance and may be accompanied by pustules and papules.  Rosacea is rarely, if ever, accompanied by blackheads.  The condition usually requires medical intervention, especially if it is advanced or excessive and persistent. The treatment is similar to acne.

Several factors may play part in ROSACEA occurrence:
-Seborrhea (excessive secretion of sebum, excessive oiliness causing the obstruction of the follicles and the formation of impurities)
-Endocrine changes, Hormonal Changes
-low levels of vitamin Bs and Zinc
-the use of bad products
-gastric irregularities - poor stomach acid
-liver disease
-excessive use of drugs, alcohol, spices, coffee, chocolate
-hereditary
-sensitive skin
-prolonged periods of sun exposure can also contribute to the effects of Rosacea

Difference between acne and rosacea is that usually Acne appears mainly on the oily areas of the face, such as the nose, chin, sides of face and forehead and sometimes the chest and back, while rosacea is more prominent on cheeks but if left untreated may appear on chin and forehead.  Acne occurs most often in teenagers and young adults or during menopausal years.  Rosacea usually strikes between the ages of 30-50.  Another difference is that acne pimples are varied and include blackheads, whiteheads, and small or large cysts, while the blemishes associated with rosacea are generally small, pimple-like red bumps (papules) and no blackheads.

Rosacea can either make your skin dry, flaky and sensitive or oily and dull with breakouts.
Rosacea Skin Care Regimen
Keep all products light, mild and minimal! Use products with no oil or synthetic fragrances, and stay out of the sun!!!!  Gel and lotion or light products are best!!  
Before concluding that a treatment/product does not work, give it 90 days of continuous, consistent use! do not switch back and forth to different products! Also you many need to at the beginning to use some products every 2-3 days instead of daily until your skin adapts to the change...... and then resume to daily use once your skin adapts to your new regimen or cream...... sometimes when you use too new many products all at once your skin as a difficult time to all the change all at once and not like it and may react..... if this happens try to introduce slowly one product at a time....... like use one cream for one week then the next week, add a second product, third week add another and so on.... go at your own skin paste/reaction.

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