Seeing red: How to treat Rosacea
Over three million Canadians suffer from Rosacea, a chronic inflammatory skin condition categorized by persistent redness and flushing. Genetic and environmental factors contribute to Rosacea, but the good news is—it is treatable.
Here we discuss the types of Rosacea, its causes, and how to treat it.
Types of Rosacea
- Erythemato-telangiectatic—The main symptom is facial flushing and redness. Swelling, burning, and roughness may also be present.
- Papulo-pustular —Persistent redness and pus-filled bumps (similar to acne).
- Phymatous —Enlarge skin tissue mostly found on and around the nose.
- Ocular rosacea —Rosacea affecting the eyes and eyelids that can cause stinging, blurred vision, and light sensitivity.
What can trigger Rosaeca
- Diet. Spicy foods, hot food like soup, and caffeinated beverages such as tea and coffee can trigger Rosacea. Alcohol can be a trigger too, so limit your intake (sorry ladies, less wine!).
- Sun exposure. People who suffer from Rosacea—and most skin conditions—should wear a non-toxic mineral sunscreen every day and avoid direct sunlight.
- Stress. Consider stress as the ultimate poison—it is linked to Rosacea flare-ups (elevated cortisol, glucose metabolism, weight gain, etc). Regular exercise, meditation, and keeping a diary are all ways to reduce stress levels and ensure a healthy complexion.
- Medications. Certain medications like prescription-strength cortisone, hydroquinone, retinoids and salicylic acid, can actually irritate your skin. Dr. Anna offers Pill Check & Nutrigenomix and will review your medications and skincare products to ensure you are on the most optimal combinations.
- Cosmetic products. As we’ve discussed in several of our blogs, most store-bought cosmetic products are rife with preservatives and toxins which may do your skin more harm than good. For a cleaner and safer alternative, Dr. Anna has developed a medical-grade make up line.
How to treat Rosacea
Unfortunately, Rosacea does not clear up of its own accord. In fact, left untreated, it could worsen. Dr. Anna offers the following treatments to clear the symptoms of Rosacea and other skin ailments.
- Laser Therapy: Using light energy, Dr. Anna targets visible red blood vessels and redness.
- Oral medication: Dr. Anna may prescribe a course of antibiotics depending on the type and severity of Rosacea.
- Topical agents: In conjunction with gentle microneedling, PRP, or other cosmetic treatments, Dr. Anna may recommend a topical agent to accelerate the skin’s rejuvenation.
- Microbotox to reduce flushing.