Skincare 101 Redness and Rosacea
Lifestyle for Redness and RosaceaThose suffering from rosacea often feel as though there is little they can do to combat their symptoms. Typical treatments may only provide minimal relief for the unsightly red bumps and pustules that can accompany a flare up.
Rosacea is a poorly understood disorder, though it affects nearly 14 million Americans.
What Causes Redness and Rosacea?
For skin to function properly, the outer layer must be in great shape, providing a barrier function to prevent cracking, provide UV protection, and kill microbes. Often, it becomes damaged and can lead to skin diseases like rosacea. When the skin barrier is impaired bacteria, irritants, and pollutants can penetrate into the deeper layers, causing additional problems.
The exact cause of redness and rosacea is unknown. Experts link them to multiple causes; a combination of hereditary and environmental factors.
Most people react to the bacteria known as bacillus oleronius, causing an immune system overreaction. The presence of this bacteria correlates to overpopulation of the demodex mite. It's also been found that many people have an intestinal bacterial overgrowth that releases inflammatory compounds.
Rosacea has the tendency to flare up at the most inopportune moments. Left untreated, it tends to worsen over time. It can sometimes be mistaken for acne or an allergic reaction. Symptoms may wax and wane, sometimes appearing and disappearing for weeks or months at a time.
It usually starts with a tendency to redden or blush more readily, progressing to facial redness, mostly in the central part of your face. The tiny blood vessels on your nose and cheeks often swell and become visible. Many people will also develop acne-like, swollen, red bumps that resemble pimples that may contain pus. Sometimes skin may feel tender and hot. A good number of people also experience dry eyes, irritation, or swollen, red eyelids. These symptoms often show up before the facial redness.
Redness and Rosacea Triggers
Certain things will trigger or aggravate your skin by increasing blood flow to the surface:
- Temperature extremes
- Sun damage
- Certain emotions (stress, anxiety)
- Spicy foods or hot drinks
- Sunlight or wind
- Some cosmetic ingredients
- Drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications
Products for Redness and Rosacea
Rosacea and facial redness go hand in hand. However, just because your skin is red does not mean you have Rosacea.
Rosacea is a multi-factorial condition with abnormality of the facial blood vessels, nerves, connective tissues and complex interactions between nerves and the blood system. The exact cause of Rosacea is still unknown. However, we do know it is a genetic, vascular disorder which primarily affects the central part of the face. Rosacea is recognized by facial blushing/flushing, facial swelling (erythema), papules/ pustules and telangiectasia- widened blood vessels.
Symptoms of Rosacea usually begin in adults between the ages of 30 & 50 years old. Although Rosacea affects women three times more than it does men, men's Rosacea symptoms are usually more severe than women's symptoms.
In a survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society of 1,066 patients having different forms of Rosacea, 41% reported that certain skin care products aggravated their rosacea condition. 27% said certain cosmetics also caused Rosacea flare-ups.
Rosacea is a progressive, inflammatory disorder and Rosacea symptoms are usually set off by "triggers " which can vary between individuals. Using GLOWBIOTICS Probiotic Skincare products is beneficial in helping to prevent and calm the skin's reaction from inflammatory "triggers " normally set off by the individuals' Rosacea symptoms.
GLOWBIOTICS Probiotic Skincare uses active ingredients to rapidly decrease redness, soothe and calm irritated, inflamed skin; the supportive and preventative functions these skin types need.
Below are GLOWBIOTICS product regimen suggestions for Rosacea and redness prone skin types:
Normal to Dry:
- Cleanse AM & PM: Probiotic Revitalizing Cleanser
- Treat AM: Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum
- Treat AM/PM: Calming Restorative Treatment
- Hydrate AM/PM: Gentle Probiotic Calming Lotion
- Hydrate AM/PM for drier skin: Probiotic Ultra Rich Brightening Cream
- Prevent AM: Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB
- Eye Area AM/PM: Soothing + Revitalizing Eye Cream or Anti-Wrinkle Illuminating Eye Cream
BOOST YOUR SKINCARE Regimen:
FOR EXTRA firming, hydration and volume…. apply Advanced Anti-Aging Replenishing Oil to face, neck and/décolleté in the morning and/or the evening before you apply the treatment step OR mix directly into the hydrate step!
FOR EXTRA balance, soothing and radiance…. apply the Probiotic HydraGlow Cream Oil to face, neck and décolleté after you apply the morning treatment step OR mix directly into the morning hydrate step OR mixed with the Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB OR mixed with your liquid foundation!
FOR EXTRA calming, redness reduction and soothing…. apply the Advanced Anti-Aging Replenishing Oil to face, neck and/or décolleté in the morning and/or evening before you apply treatment step OR mix directly into the hydrate step!
PRODUCTS FOR REDNESS AND ROSACEA
Tips for Redness and Rosacea
Managing individual Rosacea triggers, which for some, may include lifestyle changes is most helpful. We recommend visiting the National Rosacea Society's website: Rosacea.org for more information about Rosacea.
Consistent use of skincare products and ingredients, like our Glowbiotics products suggested above, can help manage Rosacea & redness for sensitive skin types.
Consult with a professional skin care expert, such as a licensed esthetician. Estheticians have access to professional strength ingredients & professional protocols like chemical peels, which can offer you a custom plan of action needed to support and help control redness and Rosacea.
Recurring redness and rosacea can't be cured, but they may be controlled.
- Pay attention to those triggers that cause your flare-ups, and try to avoid them.
- Wear plenty of sunscreen.
- Medications may help manage the redness, bumps and other symptoms. These may include things to tighten blood vessels or antibiotics to kill bacteria. Acne drugs may help to clear up bumps.
- Other therapies may include light or laser therapies.
- Eat plenty of inflammation-fighting foods like plant-based choices high in antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Since inflammation is tied closely with bacteria, eating foods high in probiotics and taking a probiotic supplement daily will help to balance the good bacteria in the digestive system.
- Be very gentle with your skin. Use only mild products, not harsh cleansers. Don't scrub. Opt for products that moisturize, and avoid irritants like alcohol and fragrances.
- Look for topical products that contain probiotics to help create a barrier, protecting the skin from bad bacteria and parasites. Probiotics kill the bad bacteria, fighting the harmful bugs that trigger inflammation and can calm cells down, easing the inflammatory response from the inside out.
- Find ways to manage or cope with stress, but exercise in moderation, as the increased blood flow can contribute to redness.
Diet for Redness and Rosacea
Those suffering from rosacea often feel as though there is little they can do to combat their symptoms. Typical treatments may only provide minimal relief for the unsightly red bumps and pustules that can accompany a flare-up. While the exact cause of redness and rosacea is unknown, experts link them to multiple causes including a combination of hereditary and environmental factors.
Certain triggers will aggravate your skin by increasing blood flow to the surface, so avoid things like temperature extremes, too much sun, smoking, or some cosmetic ingredients.
Foods can be triggers for redness and rosacea, too. Some of the most common food and drink triggers are spicy foods, marinated meats, alcohol, and heated beverages. Some people also complain that certain fruits and veggies (like citrus and tomatoes) are irritating, too.
You can help to keep your skin calm and ease irritation by watching what you eat. Eat plenty of inflammation-fighting foods like plant-based choices high in antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids. Load your plate up with:
Turkey or Chicken
Because inflammation is closely tied with bacteria, eating foods high in probiotics and taking a probiotic supplement daily will help to balance the good bacteria in the digestive system and has been shown to help reduce rosacea symptoms.