Imagine sipping a delightful glass of Pinot at a restaurant. The atmosphere is festive, your dish is deliciously seasoned, and the evening is calm – except for that burning sensation sweeping across your reddened cheeks. Ouch! There it is again, the characteristic flush of rosacea.
What is rosacea?
While the exact causes of rosacea aren’t universally agreed upon in the medical community, genetic predispositions and environmental factors seem to play critical roles in its onset. Afflicting nearly 5% of the population (mostly women), rosacea is exacerbated by inflammatory skin conditions characterized by chronic redness, especially on the cheeks, chin, and nose.
Triggers for this reaction, often include mislabeling people with this condition as ‘shy,’ include alcohol consumption (which dilates blood vessels), coffee, spicy foods, as well as temperature variations, stress, use of irritating topical products, and increased physical activity. Could this be the perfect excuse to skip the gym? 😉
Rosacea presents in various forms, complicating diagnosis – which should always be conducted by a healthcare professional. The spectrum ranges from mild redness to the appearance of papules (small zits), couperose (visible blood vessels forming a small circuit on the face), and, in severe cases, thickening of the skin with superficial bumps.
Although not alarming, rosacea causes discomfort and can become permanent if left untreated. But fear not; several technologies are available to combat redness, soothe the skin, and even reduce the sensitivity of blood vessels.
How to deal with rosacea?
Renowned for permanent hair removal, the Elite iQ laser is also a highly effective medico-aesthetic solution for dilated and damaged blood vessels. Using precise pigment detection, it treats affected areas with heat. While not a long-term cure for rosacea, Elite iQ can significantly reduce the appearance of facial veins and couperose.
With pulsed light beams of varying sizes, BBL heats blood vessels precisely, storing energy in them, initiating a natural biological process that eliminates broken capillaries, leaving the skin radiant, even, and smooth.
Due to constant inflammation, the skin affected by rosacea is often dry and dehydrated. A comprehensive approach involves in-clinic treatments to restore hydration and comfort to the skin. This ultra-popular and appreciated treatment combines gentle skin exfoliation with the application of a bio-infusion serum that targets dehydration. This is followed by a medium-frequency electromechanical stimulation that helps the product penetrate while revitalizing the epidermis.
And at home?
After visiting our medical team, you can continue your protocol at home. Our specialists will guide you on adjustments to your routine to combat redness and discomfort.
Start by reducing consumption of spicy foods, coffee, and alcohol (we know – sorry!), and limit exposure to hot showers and temperature changes. Regarding your skincare routine, our team can advise on a soothing, corrective protocol that also protects you from the sun.
We particularly recommend the following options from SkinCeuticals, available in our boutique:
- Gentle Cleanser for Sensitive Skin
- Phyto Corrective Gel
- Emollience Face Moisturizer
- Mineral Physical Fusion Sunscreen
Questions about rosacea and couperose treatment? Contact us for a consultation!