Rosacea - All you need to know

Millions of people with a variety of skin types (including many A-list celebs) live with rosacea, but a huge amount of these people don't know that it is rosacea that they are suffering from. It predominantly affects those with fair skin, however, it can be present in all skin types and tones.

Rosacea generally produces red patches, sensitivity and inflammation, small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible and spots on the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin areas. The cause of these symptoms is not fully comprehended, but dermatologists believe there could be various reasons, including genetics, immune system, environmental factors as well as Demotex mites that live on the skin and release bacteria, triggering inflammation.

I know, it's not pleasant to think that mites are living on your skin. However, the mites are present on everyone's skin and usually cause no harm whatsoever. Those with rosacea have a much larger amount of mites that release bacteria, therefore causing the symptoms of rosacea. Dermatologists are still speculative of whether the number of mites causes the rosacea or the rosacea causes the overpopulation of mites.

Rosacea cannot be cured, as such, and can be present in the skin permanently. However, there are steps that can be taken to improve rosacea dramatically, as well as triggers that you can steer clear from! Things such as alcohol, hot drinks, spicy foods, pollen, stress and sun exposure can trigger rosacea - it is recommended that you lower your intake and exposure to these triggers as they could cause further discomfort and damage to your skin.

Experts also believe that some bacteria found in the gut could cause some cases of rosacea. This is why it is important to keep up gut health; try Osmosis' Pathway 10-Day-Cleanse to provide gentle and effective cleansing of the digestive system and removal of toxins.

Steps you can take to improve rosacea at home:
- Always use an SPF (SPF30 is best) - try iS Clinical's Extreme Protect SPF30
- Avoid using products on your face that include fragrances or perfumed soap
- Ensure your skin is properly hydrated using a good quality, cosmeceutical moisturiser
- Hot baths
- Temperature extremes
- Stay away from the previously mentioned rosacea triggers!

Here are some products to consider if you suffer from rosacea and need something to calm and soothe the skin:

Osmosis Remedy Healing Balm
iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance
iS Clinical Cream Cleanser
Osmosis Cleanse: Gentle Cleanser
Osmosis Rescue Epidermal Repair Serum
Osmosis Pathway 10-Day-Cleanse
Advanced Nutrition Skin Accumax

Here at dermoi! we have various treatments to help those who suffer from rosacea. Both of our partner brands, iS Clinical and Osmosis Skincare carry products that calm, soothe and repair the skin. Try the Osmosis Pro-Heal Vitamin Infusion treatment or the iS Clinical Anti-Redness Foaming Enzyme peel, both available at dermoi.com.

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