Battling Rosacea: Common Causes & Treatment Solutions

Battling Rosacea: Common Causes & Treatment Solutions

Rosacea – a long-term skin condition usually manifested on the face. While rosacea is fairly common and not too dangerous, we’ve seen our patients battling this condition for years. 

Unfortunately, you can’t cure rosacea, but you can tone down the symptoms, irritation, and redness with the right products and procedures. Being highly visible, rosacea definitely takes a toll on one’s confidence. If you’re suffering from rosacea, know you’re not alone. 

It is estimated that 10% of the world’s population has rosacea. Approx. 2 million Canadians, about 6% of the population, have this condition, too. So, only in Canada, there are 2,000,000 people facing the same challenge as you. What can we do?

What causes rosacea?

Let’s start by trying to answer what causes rosacea. While there is no common denominator in every rosacea case, it’s clear that it has something to do with abnormalities in the blood vessels of the face. Triggers, however, can be very individual.

  • Sunlight exposure
  • Stress 
  • Too hot / too cold weather
  • Alcohol, caffeine, substance abuse
  • Spicy food
  • Excessive makeup

Stress and sunlight seem to do the most damage to our rosacea patients. This condition comes in waves, meaning your symptoms won’t always be equally visible. The key is to learn what triggers your rosacea so you can try to avoid it. 

Signs you might be dealing with rosacea 

Rosacea can sometimes be misdiagnosed, or deemed to be another skin condition. Naturally, if you see any symptoms on your face – rosacea or not – go to your chosen doctor and ask for the best course of action. 

  • Flushing redness
  • A feeling of burning and stinging
  • Visible spots (e.g. papules and pustules)
  • Visible small blood vessels

Other symptoms of rosacea can be:

  • Sensitive skin
  • Dry skin
  • Red patches (plaques)
  • Swelling

Treatment solution: Products

Every rosacea case is specific since there could be multiple stressors and triggers. It’s crucial to seek professional help if your rosacea is not getting any better – self-medicating and the use of the wrong products can definitely make things worse. 

More severe cases of rosacea will probably need treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs and ointments, or any other prescription drug. Mild and medium cases, however, don’t require aggressive treatments. When it comes to choosing your skincare routine, bear in mind:

  • You’ll need to test every product before putting it on your face
  • You do need to wash your face daily, but avoid heavy cleansers
    (you don’t want to dry out your face skin)
  • Avoid products with alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, camphor, eucalyptus oil, peppermint, and glycolic acid

Treatment solution: Procedures

Microdermabrasion 

This procedure stimulates cells beneath the skin’s surface and encourages the creation of a smooth new layer, combined with chemical peels that pull oils and bacteria from deep pores, and maybe even dermal fillers to eliminate scars – all this could be a winning combo in battling rosacea in your case. 

Genesis

Genesis laser can easily treat various skin conditions – wrinkles, large pores, uneven skin texture, redness, and scars. Since one of Genesis’ key components is diffusing redness – this laser procedure might be the game changer for your rosacea. 

IPL

Intense Pulse Light is our mighty weapon. IPL treatments show to be highly efficient in fighting sun-damaged skin, aged skin, and superficial redness on various areas of the face and body. For the same reason as the Genesis laser – treating redness – this procedure is also done on patients suffering from rosacea. 

PRP

Platelet Rich Plasma can truly do wonders – from increasing hair volume to reducing wrinkles – this procedure can also be used in some cases of rosacea. PRP (an extract) has three to five times more platelets, growth factors, and active proteins for tissue and injury healing. This procedure, in a way, makes your skin heal itself.

Frequently asked questions about rosacea

Is rosacea caused by high blood pressure?

No, high blood pressure is completely unrelated to the symptoms of rosacea. Stress, on the other hand, can be highly influential in rosacea cases. 

How can I minimize the risk of developing rosacea?

Following a healthy, nutrient-rich diet helps as does limiting UV exposure and wearing at least SPF 30 sunscreen. Also, moisturize regularly while avoiding chemical-packed cosmetics and stick to organic solutions, particularly with makeup and cleansers.

Which areas can be treated for rosacea?

  • Cheeks and jawline
  • Lip area and chin
  • Forehead, ears, and neck
  • Complete nose region
  • Back, upper chest, and upper arms

Does rosacea cause facial swelling, burning, or itching?

Yes, facial swelling and burning/itching sensations can be related to rosacea symptoms. However, there are multiple skin conditions that are followed by these symptoms so make sure to consult a professional before receiving any treatment. 

Book your appointment today

If you or someone you know is battling with rosacea, know you’re not alone. Our Clinic has been successfully dealing with this and other skin conditions for over 30 years!

Just give us a ring at 613-737-5675 from Monday to Thursday (8:30 am – 3:30 pm) and let’s schedule an appointment to further discuss what the best course of action might be for you. Dealing with rosacea can truly be exhausting, so let’s see if we can change your life for the better, too!

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