For many with rosacea, maintaining clear skin is a chronic battle. Though rosacea can be tricky to handle, the experts at National Rosacea Society say that with the right medical support and advice, rosacea can be controlled. So this April, in the spirit of Rosacea Awareness Month, here are some tips on controlling this ever-elusive condition.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea, a facial skin condition affecting over 16 million Americans, is little understood. Rosacea can manifest as flushing across the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. The redness can also appear in conjunction with dilated, visible capillaries or rash-like patches. In most extreme cases, eyes can become chronically irritated and watery. Affected flushed skin can feel sensitive, dry or sunburned—resulting in a burning or stinging sensation.

Though it’s not harmful to one’s health, rosacea affects the face. And as many might know first-hand, facial problems can be a cause for emotional stress and anxiety. For this reason, National Rosacea Society aims to educate the public about rosacea—emphasizing the importance of professional diagnosis and treatment. “People need to know rosacea is a chronic disorder that can be effectively controlled with medical therapy and lifestyle modifications,” Dr. Odom said. “This can substantially improve the quality of their lives.”

National Rosacea Society reports that 76% of patients say that rosacea negatively affects their confidence and self-esteem, 41% have even confessed to missing work and social engagement because of their appearance. These numbers demonstrate just how important it is to get rosacea under control before it runs rampant and becomes more than cosmetically damaging

Avoiding Triggers

Are you a rosacea patient suffering from the redness, bumps, and sensitized skin? Have you tried avoiding foods, creams, and skin treatments to prevent future flare-ups? Here are some common triggers that rile up redness.

  • Avoid alcohol: approximately 72% of rosacea patients say that red wine is the biggest alcoholic trigger. 31% say that just one drink causes a flare-up, the same percentage say that only half a drink will cause a flare-up, and 15% experience a flare-up after only a sip or two. To find out what other alcoholic beverages trigger a rosacea flare-up, check out the survey review by National Rosacea Society.
  • Control your environment: Other common triggers are environmental extremes. The biting cold or a sharp breeze can trigger flare-ups. To ward off dry, sensitive skin, sunblock and moisturizers are recommended.
  • Don’t get too warm: Some rosacea patients find that a rise in body temperature causes a flare-up. Common problem-makers are extreme indoor heating, hot steamy baths, and saunas.
  • Watch your ingredients: Spicy foods are common trigger for many. But for those who love their flavors and can’t imagine a life without spice, check out some savory alternatives.

What are your food triggers? Do you have any environmental triggers? What kind of activities or personal habits lead to a flare-up?

Reducing Redness

While the cause of rosacea is largely unknown, there’s evidence showing that rosacea can be calmed with laser treatment. Two common laser treatments used by rosacea patients are Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Laser Facials.

IPL applies broad-spectrum light to your skin, while Laser Facials heats your dermis which sits directly below your epidermis, or your outermost skin layer. Both treatments can reduce blotchy skin by diminishing redness and reducing the visibility of prominent capillaries. How do they work? Both treatments penetrate the skin, heating up the capillaries and causing them to collapse. They are naturally broken down and reabsorbed by the body.

Through a series of treatments rosacea patients can enjoy calmer, healthy skin. Have questions on IPL Treatments and Laser Facials? Drop them below or send us a line!

Soothing Creams

Besides special treatments, rosacea patients maintain redness through their daily beauty routine. Various creams and beauty products can irritate rosacea. So many eliminate those outbreak-prompting products from their routine in favor of products specifically designed for sensitive skin or produced with calming ingredients.

Azulene Moisture Cream contains an anti-inflammatory ingredient azulene derived from chamomile which helps calm rosacea. It’s formulated specifically for sensitive, irritated and rosacea-prone skin. Thanks to boswellia serrata extract, the very cause of inflammation (the 5-lipoxygenase enzyme) is blocked! Hyaluronic acid makes this cream highly moisturizing, while antioxidant vitamins A and E balance and protect the skin’s lipid barrier.

For more rosacea-calming creams, check out the Rosacea Support Group, where rosacea patients offer their two cents on the various redness-reducing, sensitivity-calming products that are targeted towards rosacea patients. Interested in Azulene Moisture Cream? Contact our spas for info.

Rosacea Treatments: Buy 3, Get 1 Free!

In honor of Rosacea Awareness Month (March 2011), BodyLase® is running a special on treatments that help reduce redness. For IPL treatments and Laser Facials, you can buy three, get one FREE! That means for the month of April you can save on $299 (the regular price of a single IPL treatment) and $199 (the regular price of a Laser Facial). Have questions? Schedule a consultation with one of our medical experts in Raleigh and Cary to find out if IPL Treatments or Laser Facials will work for you.