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It's Rosacea Awareness Month

April in Australia launches the season of Rosacea, where we celebrate all skin types that fit into the sensitive, irritated and red zone!

WHY APRIL?

Well it's the beginning of the cooler temperatures here in Australia; think frosty mornings that require a few extra layers...however wait a few hours and you will see the sun shining through to expose what we know in Victoria as a beautiful Autumn day. But... wait a further few hours again and we could possibly be back to 'turn on the heater this evening' vibes with the need for a red wine!

It's true we have 4 seasons in one day here is Victoria (one of the states of Australia) so lets talk about how this effects our skin.

In my personal 25 years of experience, many medical providers are too quick to label a sensitive and red skin as Rosacea, which quite frankly annoys me because it under plays the serious nature of the skin disorder that a percentage of people truly suffer with!

However communicating this with clients mixed with the ever evolving nature of TikTok and social media, means it can be really confusing for any individual to correctly diagnose - hence the importance of seeking experienced and well educated support for [any skin condition really] Rosacea.

SO LETS TALK ROSACEA

Rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a chronic but treatable skin condition that primarily affects the central face; think cheeks, nose, between the brows and chin area.

It is often characterised by flare-ups and remissions through seasons, with it typically hating the cooler months of the year. Although rosacea may develop in many ways and at any age, it usually begins any time after age 30, presenting as flushing or redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, which may come and go.

Studies have shown that over time the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear. Left untreated, inflammatory bumps and pimples often developing into quite irritated skin.

HOW DO YOU TREAT THIS PROLONGED SKIN CONDITION

Rosacea is classified a Skin Disorder - which means once present within the skin its either active or dormant. 

A combination of multiple treatments work well to support the skin's structure and reduced redness.  

1065/532nm wavelength based lasers that target very specifically damaged or expanded vessels is your first port of call.

Followed with treatments that help oxygenate the skin and finer vessels. The idea with these treatments is to ensure the vascular wall is strong and healthy, making it less likely to breakdown again over time.

Gentle lasers that focus on finer flushing of the vascular area works well to help. With maintenance style treatments, consider Laser Genesis or LED light therapy as options too.

 WHAT CAN YOU DO AT HOME?

My clinical response is always 'less is more.' I often follow an eastern medicine style of thought that is - 'currently there is a hyper activity of action so lets calm it down with a simple yet effective approach.'

Minimise your skincare routine to support a healthy PH level, ensure your barrier function is working to its optimal and find out what styles or ranges of products work best for you.

If you throw everything at it, it often heats it up and stimulates the hyper activity, leaving a red hot mess (literally) that needs to be supported with some TLC.

Some seek medical interventions which can look like the use of Antibiotics (both topical and digestive) in combination with skincare and skin treatments.

Your focus should always be on things that strengthen the capillary network first. which generally means more medical based treatments alongside a supportive skincare routine.

If you need support with rosacea - please reach out!

The one major game changer is ensuring the skin is breathing through removal of excess cell buildup that can be generated with this skin condition - however often Rosacea and exfoliating don't match well. The inclusion of Cleansing Cloth for gentle daily removal of skin cells, ensures your face is clean and free of bacteria that doesn't serve a purpose, allowing your skin to function correctly and be happy, rather than irritated.

To purchase a Cloth click here, and don't forget our rosacea challenge, better skin or your money back, which you can read more about here! 

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