Skin Care Column: Conquering Rosacea

Skin Care Column: Conquering Rosacea

Rosacea is a condition of excess blood (hyperemia) characterized by congested capillaries (erythema) and permanent capillary widening ordilation (telangiectasia).

Studies have shown that blood flow from the face via the veins to the brain, are suppressed in patients with Rosacea. Therefore, a functional impairment of blood flow and abnormal vascular response to heat and other stimuli may create changes in the facial skin leading to the disease. This is a serious condition that leads more than 13 million people to their dermatologists every year.

The target areas on the face include the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. Rosacea is characterized by unusual and persistent redness, bumps and pimples, tiny spider-like veins and excess tissue build-up.

The cause of Rosacea is still somewhat of a mystery. However, dermatologists have researched this condition for some time now and have found that there are certain conditions and situations that are present when Rosacea flairs up.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages, spicy foods, hot soups, hot beverages, caffeine, aged cheeses and meat can accelerate Rosacea but does not cause the condition. There is evidence that Rosacea may also be caused by the same bacteria (Helicobacter Pylori) which causes stomach ulcers and other gastric disorders.

Estheticians are constantly being exposed to the condition of Rosacea. Since the baby boomer generation is the largest group of people we are treating, we will see more and more of this condition in the near future.

Fortunately, for present day Rosacea sufferers, there is hope. The field of treatment options is expanding. There is the medical approach, which involves medical prescriptions that include topical and oral antibiotics.

In the case of severe Rosacea, there are advanced treatments that plastic surgeons and dermatologists may perform in-office. 

One such treatment is the Pulse Dye Laser procedure to erase tiny blood vessels, which is virtually done without pain or discomfort. The laser’s short pulses ensure that only the blood vessels are targeted, reducing or eliminating the chance of damage to the surrounding facial tissue.

Today’s professional skin care lines have come on board and are now realizing that Rosacea is more prevalent. Therefore, some of the more intensive lines have created Rosacea treatment plans and home care products that can work hand in hand with the medications that the dermatologists are prescribing.

If you have Rosacea,a licensed esthetician such as myselfcan help you conquer Rosacea.

June English is a licensed esthetician and owner of Professional Skin Care Choices LLC., in Los Alamos. For more information, visit