Rosacea - Are you a secret sufferer?
It’s a condition which affects many people throughout the UK, and one which is ignored, misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Twice as many women as men are affected by Rosacea, however symptoms are generally more severe in males; individuals between the ages of 30-50, with fair skin, blue eyes and from Northern Europe tend to be most at risk. Experts estimated that around 2-5% of people have symptoms of rosacea.
Early symptoms of Rosacea can often be confused with acne, mild sensitivity and even sunburn. It’s important to recognise the signs of its development and what steps can be taken to help to control it.
Rosacea mainly affects the face, although it can appear on the scalp, neck, chest and back. Initial symptoms can include facial flushing, spots and persistent redness, as tiny blood vessels in the skin become more visible. In severe cases, skin around the nose can become very thick and enlarged and the eyes watery and irritated.
There are a number of signs to look out for when identifying rosacea; the earliest sign is often facial flushing, as many people with Rosacea have a history of frequent blushing or flushing. This facial redness can be sporadic and may resemble a blush or sunburn that does not go away.
Small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples are further evidence of the presence of this disorder and, while these may resemble acne, there are no blackheads and burning or stinging may occur.
With many Rosacea sufferers, small blood vessels become visible on the skin, while in some cases, the eyes may be irritated and appear watery or bloodshot. This is a condition known as ocular Rosacea. The eyelids also may become red and swollen, and sties are common. Severe cases can result in corneal damage and vision loss without medical help.
For more severe cases, burning or stinging sensations can occur along with itching or a feeling of tightness. Raised red patches, known as plaques, may develop without changes in the surrounding skin. The skin may thicken and enlarge from excess tissue, most commonly on the nose. This condition, known as Rhinophyma, affects more men than women.
Ingredients to Avoid
Avoid products containing poor ingredients which could make symptoms worse; ingredients such as alcohol, mineral oil, lanolin, artificial perfume, artificial fragrance and isopropyl myristate are just a few that can seriously exacerbate symptoms.
Ingredients to Use
Powerful natural ingredients known to help Rosacea include Green Tea which is healing and anti-bacterial, Chamomile which has a calming and distressing effect on the skin and French Rose essential oil, which calms redness and reduces stress with its light, natural fragrance.
Specific Rosacea Products
Using specific products which are formulated to tackle a condition such as Rosacea is essential in minimising its effects. Pevonia’s RS2 line is unique and designed specifically to treat Rosacea and Acne Rosacea but also the symptoms of vascular skin.
For maximum results, all Pevonia RS2 line products should be used together morning and evening. Rosacea is not likely to fully recover but with products and treatments, it can be controlled and dramatically improved. Each product contains the main ingredients of Green Tea to heal and desensitise the skin, anti-bacterial Olibanum (Frankincense) to soothe and calming French Rose Essential Oil which has a natural fragrance.
More and more high-end spas and salons offer facials suitable for Rosacea sufferers. Having a regular treatment, be it weekly, fortnightly or monthly, will not only deliver exceptional results, but should aim to lower the level of redness and soothe sore, irritated skin.
The Pevonia Facial is one of the most popular throughout our spas and salons, with its alleviating thermal clay mask, it provides soothing relief and visible results to dilated capillaries, congestion, blotchiness, and irritability. Comforting and healing ingredients such as: Rose, Green Tea, Chamomile and Liquorice, combine to properly decongest and calm skin for an even, healthy appearance.