Did you know? April is Rosacea Awareness Month. April is a significant month for your clients with rosacea. With the cooler weather rolling in, facial redness and flaring can be very prominent for your clients with this skin condition.

Just some of the key factors of identifying Rosacea are shown throughout the facial region and its flared/ redness, persistent bumps, and pimples, and skin irritation, these can even be a greater risk to the client if left untreated as this can lead to significant damage, not only to the skin but to the eye regions as well.

Rosacea-affected skin may be couperose, with the appearance of acne-like papules. The term “couperose” refers to redness caused by the presence of dilated red blood vessels, which gives the appearance of tiny red spider-like veins on the skin’s surface. This can be followed by an annoyance, tightness, tingling, or burning sensation. Rosacea usually affects the cheeks and nose, but it may affect other areas as well.

There are four major subtypes of rosacea:

  • Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea
  • Papulopustular rosacea
  • Phymatous rosacea
  • Ocular rosacea

Studies have shown that a person’s mental and emotional state can have a profound effect on the body’s largest organ. Stress, depression, anxiety, and other psychological conditions can contribute to a host of skin diseases including acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, alopecia, and vitiligo.

There are a lot of underlining factors that contribute to rosacea and its flaring on your client’s skin. That’s why it is vital to get to know a client’s triggers in their consultation. Ask them about their overall health and see what triggers contribute to them.

Sunlight and hairspray are common rosacea triggers. Other common triggers include heat, stress, alcohol, and spicy foods.

Anti-inflammatory essential oils are beneficial for soothing and reducing inflamed, flushed skin. A 2018 study applied moisturizer with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant botanicals to just half of 30 subjects’ faces affected by chronic redness. The half treated with these botanicals showed a statistically significant improvement in scaling, flaking, smoothness, firmness, and overall appearance of redness.

What ingredients irritate rosacea?

  • Alcohol.
  • Witch hazel.
  • Menthol.
  • Camphor.
  • Peppermint.
  • Eucalyptus oil.
  • Fragrances.
  • Propylene glycol.

Essential oils to calm Rosacea include:

  • Rose essential oil & Rosewater
  • Chamomile essential oil
  • Tea Tree essential oil

Adding anti-inflammatory foods like flaxseed oil, nuts, and seeds to your diet may help to calm redness and flushing.

Let’s continue to support our clients by continuing to not only understand their skin and it’s functions but also understanding underlining factors that may cause the skin to flare up.

Check out some of the Rosacea stories https://www.rosacea.org/patients/rosacea-awareness-month