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Rosacea Awareness Month

Rosacea Awareness

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April is Rosacea Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to learn more about this skin condition. Rosacea affects over 16 million Americans and can make a person feel embarrassed and uncomfortable in their own skin. Fortunately, there are several treatments available to help manage rosacea. Let’s explore what you need to know about rosacea and how you can better care for your skin during Rosacea Awareness Month.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes redness, swelling, and bumps on the face. It usually appears on the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose, though it can also affect other areas of the body such as the chest or back. People with rosacea may experience burning or stinging sensations, have increased sensitivity to certain skincare products, or notice that their skin easily flushes when exposed to heat or cold temperatures. While there is no cure for rosacea yet, there are treatments available that can help manage symptoms associated with the condition.

How Do I Know If I Have Rosacea?

The primary symptom of rosacea is facial redness that may come and go in waves or be persistent throughout the day. Other signs include: 

  • Visible small blood vessels on the face

  • Bumps or pimples on the skin that resemble acne but tend to be longer lasting than traditional acne breakouts

  • Burning or stinging sensations

  • Dry patches; swelling around the eyes

  • Eye irritation

  • Flushing

  • Thickening of facial skin

  • Rhinophyma (enlargement of oil glands)

How Can I Manage My Rosacea?

The most important thing you can do if you suffer from rosacea is to develop a plan with your provider and stick to it faithfully. This may include avoiding triggers that cause flare-ups, using gentle skincare products specifically designed for rosacea-prone skin, applying sunscreen regularly (even in the winter months!), eating a healthy diet full of antioxidant-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, drinking plenty of water throughout the day, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep every night — all these things can help keep your symptoms under control!

Best Products to Treat Rosacea

We recommend using ZO Skin Heath’s Skin Normalizing protocol. Rozatrol, one of the key products in this product system, is an anti-aging serum that targets red sensitized skin. It reduces surface oils and provides ultra-mild exfoliation to increase cell turnover to reduce signs of aging. 

Best Treatments for Rosacea

Our expert providers recommend the following treatments to manage Rosacea: 

  • Geneo Glo2 Facial 

    • This treatment includes a detox pod that has anti-inflammatory ingredients such as green tea extract to calm the skin and reduce redness.

  • Hydrafacial with Rozatrol Booster

    • This booster is a highly concentrated version meant to penetrate deeper into the dermis to treat the root cause of Rosacea. 

    • Best paired with a home product regimen similar to ZO Skin Health’s Skin Normalizing System. 

  • BBL by Sciton 

    • This treatment can help remove the facial veins present and reduce redness while anti-aging your skin. 

    • A little redness and swelling can be expected but is short lived and requires minimal social down time. 

What Are Common Rosacea Triggers?

The first step to managing rosacea is understanding what triggers flare-ups. Common triggers include: 

  • Sun exposure

  • Stress

  • Alcohol

  • Certain cosmetics or skincare products. 

It’s important to track your lifestyle habits and note when your symptoms get worse so that you can identify potential triggers and adjust your routine accordingly.

Protecting Rosacea-Prone Skin

Sun protection is incredibly important for managing rosacea since sun exposure can lead to painful redness and swelling in some cases. Make sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day, even when it’s cloudy outside or indoors! Additionally, wearing a wide-brimmed hat outdoors can provide an extra layer of protection from the sun’s UV rays.

Rosacea & Acne

Treating acne associated with rosacea may require additional steps such as laser therapy or topical medications prescribed by your provider. Additionally, taking special care of your skin during times when flare-ups occur is key – try using an extra layer of moisturizer or a soothing mask to calm inflammation down quickly. And remember to always wear sunscreen when outdoors!

Rosacea Awareness Month reminds us that this frustrating condition impacts many people around the world – so let’s use this time to educate ourselves on its causes and potential treatments! By following your provider’s advice and incorporating some simple lifestyle changes into your daily routine (like wearing sunscreen!), you may be able to keep flare-ups at bay for longer periods of time.

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