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

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 founder is a dermatologist with over two decades of experience helping people treat their Rosacea.  Please bear in mind however that we are not recommending you use this article to self-diagnose yourself, we absolutely advise you seek qualified medical advice. You can get in touch with our Dermatologist John to discuss your specific symptoms, his contacts details are below.  


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, no one really fully understands the causes of Rosacea, it is understood that there are many contributing factors, impaired skin barrier function can allow irritants to enter the skin, we see this condition a lot in people who have been using aggressive, petrochemical 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 case we see if the use of chemical and physical SPFs


It is believed that there is a hereditary aspect, having a family member with rosacea could mean you are more likely to develop Rosacea. Some research has also linked the condition to gut health.


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 expert 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.  

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 long term benefit you should feel an improvement after two applications.

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