Rosacea, similar to melasma, presents as a cosmetic skin concern that can be difficult to control. The rosacea stereotype is a Caucasian female with flushed red, rosy cheeks plus broken or dilated facial capillaries and sensitive skin.
Some studies have suggested a link between the stomach bacteria Helicobacter pylori and rosacea.
Rosacea subtype 1 is the typical one seen with facial flushing.
Subtype 2 is redness associated with acne, and can be found in all skin colors, including dark skin.
Subtype 3 is related to thickened skin on the nose.
Subtype 4 is related to eye inflammation. Some persons present with a mixture of subtypes.
As you can see, rosacea can be seen on the skin as various conditions that do not look the same. Therefore, you need the trained eye of a dermatologist or aesthetic practitioner to recognize the different suntypes.
Rosacea management and treatments:
In cosmetic dermatology suntypes 1 and 2 can be managed aesthetically with topical creams and serums.
Rosacea tends to appear in cycles brought on by triggers. A common distribution pattern on the face is the T-zone and cheeks. The common denominator for rosacea is that of inflammation, skin sensitivity, and a weakened barrier function. Your treatment options therefore should address these 3 key areas.
Rosacea is known to respond very well to our favorite star hydroxy acid, mandelic acid💖.
This is possibly due to it’s low irritation, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity of mandelic acid.
ROSACEA TREATMENT OPTIONS:
To address inflammation & sensitivity:
Avoid known triggers
Use gentle, soothing anti-inflammatory skin care
Use prescription medication targeting the Dermodex mite
To strengthen barrier membrane function:
Use skin care that specifically heals the skin and restores hydration and essential lipid ceramides
Avoid harsh abrasive treatments
Our Melanopeel rosacea-friendly list
Key ingredients include anti-inflammatory mandelic acid, azelaic acid, soothing Asian White Tea, skin-healing niacinamide, tranexamic acid which strengthens barrier membrane, peptides which help with collagen building, and oils which replenish essential cellular lipids needed for a strong barrier membrane. Our Dermal Replenish Mist with pH balancers and moisturizing factors should be on the list for any patient with acne, inflammation, sensitive skin and redness.