Treatments for Rosacea

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Treatments for Rosacea

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What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that affects the face. It is often mistaken for acne, eczema, or a skin allergy. Rosacea most commonly presents as blushing, prolonged periods of redness and inflamed blood vessels.
The symptoms of rosacea include:

  • enlarged capillaries (telangiectasis)
  • a permanent flush across the nose and cheeks
  • yellow-headed pimples on the forehead, cheeks and chin
  • non-tender lumps under the skin
  • mildly swollen cheeks and nose (hyperplasia)
  • frequent blushing
  • a sensation of burning or stinging
  • a rash that is confined to the face.

Rosacea clients present with much thinner, reactive skin and they display a lot more of their capillary junctions. The exact causes of Rosacea are not known but a number of factors can trigger symptoms such as stress, free radical damage, heat, spicy food and red wine. There is no cure for rosacea. However, there are various treatments which can relieve the signs and symptoms. A combination of medications, dermal products, dermal treatments and lifestyle changes generally give the best results.
Best Face Plus Treatments for clients with Rosacea:
First our trained dermal therapists need to assess what type of Rosacea you have as the skin condition can manifest in different ways. For example, some clients with rosacea have dehydrated, sensitive skin. Others may have rosacea combined with acne and inflammation. Rosacea can be a genetic condition and runs in their family. Often people with very fair complexions are predisposed to it, or it can appear later on in life. The diversity of this skin condition means the treatment and product plan needs to be tailored to the client.
The Goal with these treatments is to rebuild the skin’s integrity and enrich the skin with antioxidants and calming ingredients to help settle and neutralise the redness.

  1. Signature Enzyme Facial

Ground spelt and natural kaolin enzymes are key ingredients used which suit all skin types and sensitivities. Enzymes are a safe and effective natural way to facilitate exfoliation, help overall biological processes in the skin and it also works to inhibit free-radical damage. Enzymes accelerate biochemical reactions in a cell that would proceed minimally or not at all if the enzymes were not present.
This deep yet gentle exfoliation is suitable for even the most sensitive skins such as those clients with Rosacea.  The Enzyme treatment removes the stratum corneum surface of the skin which will leave the complexion smooth, hydrated and glowing.
Must have treatment add on for clients with Rosacea:
Yellow LED Light
LED Light Therapy is a non-invasive revolutionary light therapy treatment which can reduce pore size, improve health and vibrancy of the skin, promote healing of damaged or compromised skin and can remove bacteria which causes redness and inflammation in acne-prone skin.
Yellow LED Light: Rebuilds and strengthens tissue at a deep level which leads to a softening of lines while triggering the healing process of the skin. Yellow LED provides deep dermal stimulation and heals the skin from within.

  1. Herbal Hydra Peel Calm & Herbal Phyto Peel Calm

Using the power of selected botanical strength herbs, the Herbal Hydration & Phyto Peel were made for clients concerned with:

  • Targeting skin sensitivities such as Rosacea & Acne
  • Brightening the skin
  • Increasing plump and improving texture
  • Cellular rejuvenation
  • Anti-Aging

The peel activates the skin’s metabolism and detoxification by increasing circulation. The skin is supplied with oxygen and nutrients by the improved microcirculation. The treatment also activated the skin’s repair mechanism through targeted, controlled irritation. The herbal and phyto calms are gentle enough for clients with Rosacea, while still working to repair the skins barrier for stronger, healthier skin.
After treatment patients will see an immediate visible difference and the skin will feel instantly rejuvenated. Patients with Rosacea should aim to have one treatment fortnightly, with a total of six treatments to achieve long term revitalised, calmer and smoother skin.
Laser Treatments:
Laser treatments should only be attempted by Rosacea clients who have managed to control the severity of their symptoms. Laser treatments effectively cause heat and a micro trauma to the skin which can cause flare ups in reactive skin types. At Face Plus Medispa, we recommend a series of enzyme facials and herbal peel treatments before commencing with Laser.

  1. IPL

IPL is amazing to zap away the capillaries which are quite pronounced in clients with rosacea, however, the technician needs to be conservative with the levels and the amount of heat used on the skin as it can cause a reactive effect. This treatment should only be performed on clients that have built up to a healthier more balanced skin barrier.

  1. Laser Genesis

Laser Genesis is great for diffusing redness in your complexion, however, the laser genesis builds heat within the skin so you would need a client that has also worked extensively to rebuild the balance of their skin before beginning this treatment.
Clients with Rosacea need to ensure that their at home skincare routine compliments the work performed in clinic by our trained dermal therapists. Rosacea clients need to be extremely conscious of the kind of topical products they use day to day if they want to achieve long term change and settle the symptoms associated with Rosacea.
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Products for Rosacea

Choosing the products for Rosacea

It is common for people with Rosacea to be very anxious about what kind of products they’re putting on their skin. You want to avoid products with any aggravates or overly active ingredients. Rosacea clients should aim for products with hydrating and soothing properties to help settle redness and calm irritation.
Below is a list of products we stock that our dermal therapists recommend to their existing Rosacea clients.

Cleanser: Aloe Sensitive Milk by Dr. Spiller
A cleansing milk formulated with Aloe Vera to gently cleanse and smooth reactive and irritated skin while effectively removing all traces of make-up and impurities from the skin. This hypoallergenic formula uses the botanical benefits of Aloe Vera to soothe and smooth reactive skin whilst reducing visible redness associated with Rosacea.
Read more about this product here

Toner: Aloe Sensitive Toner by Dr. Spiller
Sensitive Toner with Aloe restores the skin’s optimal pH level. Aloe Vera is an organically sourced, intensive moisturiser and antioxidant rich in avonoids, polyphenols, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and zinc. This non sticky, liquid formula effortlessly removes debris and cleansing residue without drying the skin out

Serum: Sanvita Gel by Dr. Spiller
A soothing and smoothing serum designed to nurture and visibly repair stressed, reactive and irritated skins. Instantly reduces the appearance of redness for a supple and more repaired complexion. This antioxidant and vitamin cocktail penetrates the outer epidermis for ultimate absorption and activity. Your skin will instantly appear more supple and calm. If you are having a particularly bad rosacea flare up, store your Sanvita gel in the fridge for an instant calming and cooling effect.   

Moisturiser: Sanvita Cream by Dr. Spiller
A repairing 24hr cream with powerful polyphenol and anti-oxidant green tea to visibly soothe, repair and protect moisture levels of sensitised complexions prone to irritation and discomfort. Many Rosacea clients suffer thin and dehydrated skin which means that returning moisture into the skin is of critical concern. This Biomimetically curated cream replicates the skin’s own natural barrier function for moisture protection from environmental drying.
Read more about this product here

Mask: Sanvita Mask by Dr. Spiller
Once or twice a week it is imperative for Rosacea clients to do at home hydration masks between their regular dermal appointments. The Sanvita Mask by Dr. Spiller is an instant ‘pick me up’ moisturising mask with emollients to soothe, smooth, visibly repair and even out sensitised complexions prone to irritation and redness.
Read more about this product here

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What to avoid & embrace for Rosacea

Understand what you can do to manage Rosacea is key to reducing and minimising flare ups!

Every Rosacea patient is different, and while we know that certain factors trigger rosacea in general, some may find a specific cause. Factors such as Sun, heat, wind, exercise, alcohol and stress are common triggers, but some report that a specific fruit, vegetable, meat or dairy product will cause a flare up.

Doctors still aren’t sure what causes rosacea, but in a lot of people, things that make your face flush also make rosacea worse. When you flush, blood rushes to your face, making it red and warmer. So, avoiding activities, products, or emotions that cause flushing can reduce your rosacea symptoms.

Below is a list of products and factors to avoid and which to embrace.
If you suffer from Rosacea avoid the following:

  • Weather extremities: heat waves and ice-cold temperatures are a Rosacea patients’ worst nightmare avoid excessive sun and winds
  • Alcohol (especially red wine)
  • Spicy Foods
  • Temperature Hot Beverages or Food
  • Refined sugars and white flour (avoid junk food)
  • Hot baths, steam rooms or saunas
  • Excessive exercise (particularly cardio based)
  • Stress and anxiety (feeling embarrassed can trigger an immediate flushed reaction in the skin)
  • Coughing fits
  • Sudden caffeine withdrawals
  • Topical steroids
  • Some blood pressure mediation
  • Active skincare products
  • Skincare products containing alcohol

If you suffer from Rosacea embrace the following:
Eat a natural diet rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties such as:

  • turmeric
  • leafy vegetables
  • berries
  • omega 3 rich salmon
  • lean poultry meats
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Celery
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet potato
  • Nuts

It’s also important to nurture your gut with pre and probiotic, fibre rich foods such as:

  • Kombucha
  • Kefir
  • Sauerkraut
  • Pickled fruits and vegetables
  • Leek
  • Lentils
  • Wholegrains

If you do suffer from Rosacea it is important you make lifestyle changes to manage the emotional and physical effects of the skin disorder:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety from your life
  • Protect yourself from extreme weather conditions
  • Exercise in moderation
  • Keep hydrated with water and hydrate your skin topically with appropriate products
  • Regularly consult with your GP and dermal therapist

To book a skin consultation: 
Call: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]


How to mentally overcome Rosacea

If you suffer from Rosacea, the first thing to understand is that you are not alone.

Rosacea is a common, inflammatory skin disorder with a worldwide distribution of more than 50 million people. Many famous faces have Rosacea; Prince William, Renee Zellweger, Cynthia Nixon, Bill Clinton and Lena Dunham to name a few.

While Rosacea has no known cure or cause the condition can often cause embarrassment and distress. One of the hardest hurdles to overcome is the fact that Rosacea can appear at any time in a person’s life.

Clinical studies indicate most Rosacea patients first noticed the redness in their 30’s-40’s, however, it can appear on anyone and sometimes quite out of the blue. 

While the condition is more commonly diagnosed in fair-skinned people of European descent, it can also occur in people of all ethnicities and skin types.
What to do when you first notice Rosacea

  1. If you do think you have Rosacea, the first step is the get a referral from your GP to see a dermatologist. Depending on the severity of your condition they might recommend anti-biotics, specific topical creams and/or dietary changes.
  1. Before meeting with your dermatologist (specialist appointments can take a while to book so make sure to be proactive about this), it is best to educate yourself on the condition as much as possible. Read about common trigger points and keep a journal of what you think your own triggers might be. Being conscious of your diet and lifestyle can really help inform your specialist as to an appropriate treatment plan.
  1. Once you have seen your dermatologist, book in a skin consultation and treatment with an experienced dermal therapist. There are many facials, Light and Laser treatments available that can help to restore the skin balance and reduce the symptoms of rosacea. A dermal therapist will also be able to work alongside your dermatologist to advice you on what topical skincare products you need to introduce into your regime and which ones you need to eliminate.
  1. The most important point to consider when you first notice Rosacea is the detrimental impact stress and anxiety have on the condition. Create an action plan to assure yourself that you are going to overcome this skin condition and alleviate some of the uncertainty and pressure of the unknown. Join online forums for people with Rosacea and create a network around you of people that understand what you are going through. By being proactive and conscious about the condition you can make better choices to avoid trigger points that result in rosacea flare ups.

To book a skin consultation: 
Call: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]