While it’s normal to experience some blushing and flushing from time to time, some people experience redness on a more permanent basis.
Rosacea is a skin condition with varying forms of severity. While the most severe cases often appear within men, overall the condition is most often diagnosed in women. Those with fair skin and who blush frequently and easily are believed to be most likely to develop the condition.
Whilst experts are not in agreement over the cause of rosacea, most dermatologists suggest it may stem from inflammation of the blood vessels in the face. This would explain why dietary and environmental factors (such as fluctuations in temperature) act as triggers to the condition.
Those who suffer from rosacea may have a dry skin type, an oily skin type or anything in between.
There are various types of rosacea from the most basic flushing to a severe hardening of the skin and/or development of pustules. Rosacea can be narrowed down to four main categories:
Erythematotelangiectatic – though it’s by far the biggest mouthful to say, this is the most basic form of rosacea. It is characterised by chronic redness, intense flushing and sometimes broken capillaries and spider veins.
Papulopustular – along with redness, skin develops bumps and pimple-like pustules. This form is also known as Acne Rosacea.
Phymateus – most commonly diagnosed within men, the skin thickens with a hyper-growth of facial blood vessels. A common symptom is the development of a larger, bulbous nose due to an excess growth of tissue within the area.
Ocular – specifically affects the eyes. Sufferers can experience dry eyes, a gritty sensation, teary and burning sensations. Lids can become swollen and overall redness is common.
Whilst rosacea is considered a chronic skin condition that can fluctuate between relapse and remission, a cure has not yet been found. At this point in time, symptoms can be kept under control with a careful, non-irritating skin regime and an understanding of one’s individual triggers. If you find the condition flares up when you eat a certain food or spend too much time in the sun, you can actively avoid scenarios where it may set your symptoms off.
What skincare can you use for rosacea?
Firstly, it’s important to stop using products which are harsh and stripping on the skin. As rosacea is currently believed to be an inflammation of the blood vessels beneath the skin surface, you want to avoid anything that may further exacerbate the issue.
Next, it’s time to introduce a range that is designed with sensitive skin in mind.
The griffin+row skincare range is a naturally based five-step routine that cancels out any unnecessary steps in your regime. Our products are free from alcohol and any irritating chemicals that can trigger and inflame rosacea. In fact, our range is specially formulated to calm and soothe skin using therapeutic plant extracts. Five of the six centess+complex bio actives have anti-inflammatory properties, including centipeda cunninghamii (a plant traditionally used by Aboriginal people to heal the skin and reduce inflammation).
Each of the five griffin+row steps is kind, gentle and effective on the skin. A gentle face wash, such as the griffin+row Cleanse, is the first step toward calming and controlling symptoms of rosacea. The Exfoliate cloth allows you to maintain healthy skin with the regular removal of dead skin cells and debris without harsh chemicals or abrasive scrubs. The Cleanse and Exfoliate steps make it easy to maintain sensitive skin without triggering extreme symptoms of rosacea. Follow with the Hydrate and Nourish/Enrich products to ensure your skin is receiving maximum hydration and nourishment without any harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients which can further enhance symptoms of rosacea.
Rosacea can cause discomfort and embarrassment for those who experience the condition. However, with the correct skincare, it can be controlled and managed.
If symptoms are severe, or if you are feeling unsure, always consult a medical professional.