What is Rosacea, what causes Rosacea and how can you treat it?

 

It’s Rosacea awareness this month and we wanted to take the opportunity to shed some light on this common, frequently misdiagnosed and misunderstood skin condition, separating facts from fiction, sharing the most common questions and answers we get and helping you find ways which can help you treat Rosacea. John, our co-founder is a dermatologist and scientist who has two decades of experience helping people treat their rosacea. He has been studying cell decay and skin problems relating to it with over two decades of experience helping people treat their Rosacea and understand more about the condition with the help of Universities.

 

We are here to help:

You can get in touch with John to discuss your specific symptoms, his contact details are john@naturalelementsskincare.com or call 01299 253994. We deal day after day with skin issues and we are skin experts so tap into his knowledge! This consultation service is completely free).

 

 

 

What John says: The first thing that shows itself is that most medical people have not got a clue about Rosacea, or for that matter most skin problems, this can be seen by the way they misdiagnose it, give out antibiotics which have never helped and even worse proved creams which make it often worse... that is what I have experienced after 20 years of helping people with it.

The two categories that most people who have rosacea fall into are ones who do have it and one who looks as if they have it but its actual allergy or extra sensitivity and no one can tell without doing a little chemistry test. Our products have a  95% success rate  and we have two different ranges that can help your skin:

One set is for people prone to Rosacea/Acne Rosacea and the other for allergies/ extra sensitivity, you use one range on one side of your face and the other range on the other side and in nearly all occasions one shows great potential and then you buy the full sizes of the one that works for you.

 

What is Rosacea? 

Rosacea is a very common dermatological condition in the UK, it is an inflammation that causes erythema (reddening) on the face. This can be very sore and can be accompanied by flare-ups, flushing, spider veins, soreness, changes in skin texture, red bumps and sensitivity.  

There are four different types of Rosacea: 

  1. Erythematotelangiectatic (ETR) - Characterised by redness, flushing and spider veins on the face, this is often sore and sensitive.
  2. Papulopustular (Acne) Rosacea - the main symptoms are redness, bumps, pimples and acne-like breakouts.
  3. Phymatous -  Characterised by changes in the skin texture, the main symptoms are thickening of the skin, causing a bumpy texture and small nodules.
  4. Ocular - inflammation which affects parts of the eye and eyelid. Eyes are red, sensitive, sore and can be swollen, sometimes appearing like someone has a stye.

What Causes Rosacea? 

In short, very few understand what causes Rosacea, we have been helping people with the condition for over 10 yrs  so we’ve begun to know what seems to be the root cause  of Rosacea. A significant contributing factor is impaired skin barrier function which can allow irritants to enter the skin -  we see this condition a lot in people who have been using aggressive, petrochemical or synthetic laden skincare, exfoliants, peels, acids, synthetic chemical pollutants and other sensitising products and treatments. We believe that one of the key causes of the recent increase in Rosacea cases is the use of chemicals and dare we say sunblocks and SPFs. we liken this to stripping a paintbrush of paint with petrol -  you're stripping at the skin protective surface when you use such synthetic personal care chemicals daily.  Even if you’re washing their face with body wash/soap etc or shampoos in an enclosed space like a shower the molecules go air bound and land on the skin surface ie the face. What has been shown is that being in a place like an enclosed shower is more toxic to humans than even exhaust fumes from vehicles, more information about this can be found here. Think about all the chemicals in daily life from washing powders, cleaning products you use and how this can affect you? https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180430131828.htm

 

For more information on the cause of Rosacea, we recommend these scientific papers: 

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/bjd.16481

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2133.2012.11037.x

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/j.1365-2133.2008.08471.x

 

Why are skincare ingredients so important when it comes to treating Rosacea?

In this video we discuss the importance of ingredient quality in skincare and some of the problematic ingredients you should be aware of

Which specific skincare ingredients can trigger Rosacea?

  1. Benzoyl Peroxide - Often found in products tailored to acne sufferers, benzoyl peroxide can increase inflammation and oxidative stress for the skin, leaving it more sensitive and prone to flare ups.
  2. Retinoids - often tretinoin is prescribed as a rosacea treatment to reduce bumps BUT it can be far to irriting for sensitised skin, leading to increased redness, soreness, increased broken capillaries (spider veins) and weakening of the epidermis.
  3. Alcohol - Mainy mainstream skincare products contain ethanol which is a drying skin irritant that reduces your skin’s natural ability to replenish itself. 
  4. Many mainstream cleansers - Often containing detergents (SLS) and foaming agents, most cleansers are far too harsh and incredibly irritating for rosacea sufferers. For a more gentle alternative, our Facial Wash for rosacea sufferers is SLS and paraben free for a gentle non sensitising cleanse.
  5. Synthetic Fragrances - always be sure that your skincare contains only natural ingredients as opposed to synthetic fragrances which can irritate your skin and trigger or prolong rosacea flare ups 
  6. Petrochemicals - this impact on the skin’s barrier function which is irritating to skin, this is why we advise using a combination of our vital facial oils and blending creams to help protect and restore the skin's barrier function 
  7. The two main ingredients in sunscreen and sunblock products Zinc and titanium and also strips and attacks the skin’s protective surface leaving it vunerable

 

Which specific skincare ingredients can help to ease Rosacea?

  1. Cellulose Gel - an calming ingredient found in our Face Wash for Rosacea, it gently cleanses without drying or irritating and soothes the skin
  2. Geranium Oil - The oil has to be of the highest such as that found in most of our Skincare for Rosacea range. Geranium is an antioxidant which soothes inflammation, expedites healing of any breakout and is antibacterial 
  3. Avocado Oil - a rich nourishing oil which replaces lost oil and helps the skin repairs itself, found in our Facial Oil for Rosacea
  4. Peach Oil - We use peach oil to strengthen weakened skin and soothe irritation 

What Triggers Rosacea Flare-Ups? 

Individuals have their own triggers that can exacerbate rosacea, Rosacea triggers we’ve spoken to clients about include factors that increase surface blood flow such as alcohol, hot drinks, spicy foods, medication, hot food and drinks and temperature extremes. Pollution is a frequent trigger and stress and worry are also often mentioned as triggers by our clients. Most frequently though, we see synthetic chemical skincare, especially physical and chemical SPF creams as a frequent trigger for flare-ups, sensitising the skin and causing irritation, redness and soreness.

How to Treat Rosacea? 

We've spent 20 years helping Rosacea sufferers and when they switch to our recommended products they see improvements fast. However, as a warning, sometimes redness and rashes may not be Rosacea, allergies or extra sensitivity can create symptoms that look like Rosacea. We strongly advise people to get in touch with John, our Dermatologist with a close-up photo of your skin and he will give personal advice, you can contact him on: john@naturalelementsskincare.com 

 We have created a range of products that have been extensively researched and tested in the lab to give optimum results to Rosacea sufferers. These products contain only 100% natural and organic ingredients and are free from the harsh, sensitising petrochemical and synthetic chemical-laden skincare which can further exacerbate this condition. The natural formulations are hugely beneficial to your skin cells -  you are encouraged to eat fruits and vegetables to be healthy ...well all you do now is using them on your skin which is another living tissue!

You can buy these products as a complete kit but we recommend trying samples first so you can feel secure that it won't cause further irritation or waste your money - many of clients have spent hundreds of pounds on ineffective ‘cures’ before they find us. The sample kit should last for a couple of days (roughly 2 applications) so you can see the initial soothing effects of the products. Although two days won’t solve your issues as these products need to be over a period of time to see the long term benefit you should feel an improvement after two applications.

  

 

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