Hi! My name is Sarah, and for those who are new here, I'm a Skin Therapist with over 17 years experience, and the Founder of GLO Skin Body. I have also been suffering with Rosacea my whole life and treating it both on my skin and on my client's. So I'm here today to make sure you don't make the same mistakes I made and that you, like me, can manage and soothe your Rosacea - or whichever other skin concerns you might have, with professional advice.
I first had confirmation that I had Rosacea years ago, diagnosed by a dermatologist at the age of 23, when I was studying Beauty Therapy. At the time, I was using so many different products on my skin and questioning why my skin was actually getting worse.
As a trainee Beauty Therapist I had no idea about this condition. Fast forward to now, I have managed to control my Rosacea and although I still do experience a flare-up now and then, I understand why and it will settle quickly.
So today I'm here to help you understand this skin condition and how you can treat and manage its symptoms and appearance.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a very common skin condition that we see more and more people experiencing.
Rosacea is an inflammatory condition that usually affects the face - mainly the cheeks, nose and chin. The condition can appear in all these areas or just one area.
It can appear as blushing or flushing and visible blood vessels in your face. It may also produce small, pus-filled bumps. Symptoms may come and go and they can lay dormant for years.
Rosacea can be mistaken for Acne (going back to my experience, I was using products on my skin that treated breakouts, not Rosacea, which explains why my skin was getting worse).
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Rosacea. However, it can be managed to help prevent flare-ups and irritation.
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The stages of Rosacea
Rosacea is a complex condition with both internal and environmental influences behind it. There can be a genetic factor linked to it as well, but not in every case. Rosacea can appear in 4 stages and the key is to prevent moving into the next stage:
Stage 1: Mild Rosacea
This is the early stage and can appear as flushing that comes and goes on the cheeks, nose or chin.
Stage 2: Moderate Rosacea
As Rosacea gets worse, the facial redness grows more noticeable and may last longer. In some cases, bumps and pimples appear on the skin in the same area as the redness. In other cases, tiny blood vessels are increasingly visible as fine red lines.
Stage 3: Severe Rosacea
This is the most advanced type of Rosacea, when the skin looks and feels very thick and shows has a deep shade of red. Bumps on the skin may be painful.
What triggers Rosacea?
In my experience, every Rosacea skin is different. One stimulant may flare your Rosacea whilst the exact same stimulant will be fine for someone else experiencing the same skin condition.
Understanding what stimulates your skin will help with the management of your Rosacea. Here are some of the common stimulants to Rosacea:
- Hot drinks and spicy foods
- Red wine and other alcoholic beverages
- Dietary choices
- Emotions - Stress can be a big one here
- Extreme temperatures
- Sun or wind
- Drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications
- Some cosmetic, skin or hair care products
The best Dermalogica products to treat Rosacea
If you suffer with Rosacea, your skincare routine should be focused around soothing, protecting and strengthening the skin. Below is a guided home care routine with the products I use on my own skin to soothe Rosacea.
However, the most important takeaway from my experience, is to seek Professional Advice to treat your skin concerns. Let us help you find your healthiest skin ever - book a Complimentary Skin Consultation and talk to a Professional Skin Therapist about your skin.
- A creamy-gel consistency that is ph balanced to the skin
- Helps relieve irritation and redness
- Calms and cools the skin
- Glides over the skin and rinses easily
- Vitamin C helps support the blood vessels and protects the skin from environmental assaults
- Provides a gentle exfoliating action
- Promotes a brighter complexion
About the Author
My name is Sarah and I am the founder of GLO Skin Body. With over 17 years experience, I believe a professional relationship with your skin therapist is crucial in helping you to achieve your skin care goals and to ensure your skin is always looking and feeling its best. Whether it's in person or through our online support, Im here to guide and support you towards your healthiest skin ever.
On a personal note, I am a Mum of 3 so I understand completely the juggles and balancing of life and family commitments . My goal is to help everyone have an effective and enjoyable home care routine that gets you the results you want...no matter how busy you are!