skin conditions

rosacea

Often referred to as adult acne, rosacea is characterized by redness on cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. In some cases, large red pustules can form on the nose and cheek areas. In severe cases, especially in men, the nose can become red and swollen due to an accumulation of excess tissue.

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, although there is some evidence it is hereditary.

The condition occurs in men and women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. Treatment by a dermatologist, which is recommended, usually includes oral antibiotics and topical medications.

Flare-ups can occur as a result of ingesting alcohol, spicy foods, drinking hot beverages, as well as using tobacco, inappropriate skin care products, and exposure to extremely hot weather. If left untreated the redness in the skin may become permanent as tiny blood vessels become visible on the skinŐs surface.

recommended home care to calm and control rosacea

cleanse

Cleanse skin twice a day with a very gentle, emollient, hydrating cleanser that does not lather. It is essential to cleanse without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Rinse only with lukewarm water as hot water may exacerbate the condition.

exfoliate

Exfoliate once a week with a very gentle, non-abrasive product. If grains are used at all, select fine textured grains containing corn meal.

tone

Apply a mild toner twice a day that contains plant extracts to soothe the skin.

moisturize

Moisturize twice a day for proper hydration and to reduce flare-ups of rosacea.

mask

When applying a mask, select a hydrating mask with chamomile, or mallow extract, for their soothing and anti-inflammatory benefits.

protect

Use a sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA and UVB coverage. Choose products containing titanium dioxide, which is less likely to irritate, than products with paba or avobenzone.

specialized treatment

Follow the advice of a dermatologist. Many dermatologists commonly recommend Metrocream or Metrogel applied daily during flare-ups. In some case, low doses of glycolic gel can be very effective in keeping rosacea under control.

ideal skin's recommended professional treatments for rosacea

Hydrating Facial helps maintain a soft, supple skin and combats the dry patches around the nose and cheek areas common in skin with rosacea.
Enzymatic Facial rids the skin of dead cells so that topical treatments for rosacea are more effective.