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Published: Tue June 25, 2019
Categories: The Myth Minx
So is there a miracle cure? Can any one ingredient be the ‘fix’ for rosacea sufferers worldwide? If only it were that easy.
Myth Minx wants to shed the light on this frustrating and often longstanding skin condition by breaking down the different forms of rosacea along with the small steps that can be taken daily.
Truth be told, rosacea often goes undiagnosed for many years as the condition itself may present in milder forms (eg. redness and flushing), meaning many people simply ignore the early warning signs. Despite this, it’s still a widespread and much more common condition than most people realise. In Australia alone it’s believed that approximately 5 – 10% of the population has some form of rosacea.
To better explain how rosacea can be helped we first need to understand what challenges it poses. Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that primarily affects the face; early signs include generalised flushing of the skin that later progress to persistent redness, itching, burning, visible vessels and spots. That said, as we have already learnt, rosacea can be categorised into 4 different subtypes, each with their own set of signs and symptoms, though Subtype 1 & 2 tend to be the most common.
Subtype 1 – Facial Redness (erythematotelangiectatic rosacea) (ETR) – Flushing and persistent redness is the common denominator here. For some, they will notice small blood vessels more visible or more rarely; stinging, burning, swelling or roughness.
Subtype 2 – Acne rosacea (Papulopustular) – Persistent redness is seen in addition to bumps (in the form of papules or pustules) Middle-aged women tend to be the typical sufferer of this type.
Subtype 3 - Phymatous Rosacea (enlargement of the nose)
Subtype 4 - Ocular Rosacea (irritation of the eye)
Simply by knowing there are 4 different types of rosacea proves there is not an easy fix or a one-sized fits all approach. For many people there is a genetic predisposition though it is believed that there are other factors that contribute to onset of rosacea, including:
What can you do if you have rosacea?
Get familiar with the triggers that cause a flare up. These can include; weather, warm environments (sauna’s, steam rooms), alcohol, hot drinks, spicy foods, dairy, stress and anxiety. Then do you best to limit your exposure (where possible).
A couple of tips to try to live by if you do experience chronic rosacea include:
Let’s talk skincare
We’ve established it’s difficult to prevent rosacea from occurring, however you can incorporate topical solutions for red, sensitised or inflamed skin that work to de-stress and strengthen the skin.
Myth Minx has listed some of her favourite skincare ingredients below that are useful for rosacea sufferers:
B Vitamins - (B3 & B5) assist in reducing redness, inflammation and sensitivity. B3 (niacinamide assists to strengthen the skins barrier function and the skins immune defence. Skinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel & Multi-Active Mist are both loaded with B vitamins.
Vitamin C – is a powerful antioxidant vitamin that helps to strengthen the skin and capillary walls, useful when vascularity is prominent. Multi-Active Mist contains a gentle form of Vitamin C that is suitable for rosacea prone skins.
Canadian Willowherb – boasts a powerful anti-inflammatory action. This plant extract possesses anti-bacterial and antioxidant activity plus also assists to reduce redness and heat within the skin. You can find Canadian willowherb in Skinstitut Laser Aid & Moisture Defence Normal Skin.
Cucumber seed oil – nourishes and hydrates the expidermis while providing and soothing action for the skin. Skinstitut Gentle Cleanser & Laser Aid use cucumber seed oil.