The Scoop On Rosacea and Relief
by Corporate Educator, Jamie Palmer
April is National Rosacea Awareness Month so I thought I would take this opportunity to explore this very common skin condition with our readers. According to the National Rosacea Society, rosacea.org, over 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, many without even knowing they have it. It is most common in people age 30-50 and individuals with fair skin. Those who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk. Even though this disorder is more frequently diagnosed in women it can be more severe in men. The most common signs of rosacea include: flushing, persistent redness, bumps, pimples, and visible capillaries. Other less prevalent signs range anywhere from burning or stinging, dry skin, plaques, skin thickening, swelling, and eye irritation.
There are 4 types of rosacea (AAD):
erythematotelangiectatic rosacea which is flushing, persistent redness, and visible capillaries
papulopustular rosacea which has persistent facial redness with bumps or acne-like breakouts
ocular rosacea affecting with symptoms of watering, bloodshot appearance, irritation, itching, gritty feeling, burning or stinging
While some people only experience flushing, rosacea can result in permanent changes in appearance for example, a bulbous nose called Rhinophyma. Symptoms can have such an effect on self esteem that 41 percent of rosacea sufferers reported it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements (National Rosacea Society).
Common treatments include antibiotics, azelaic acid, isotretinoin, lasers, dermabrasion, and in severe cases electrocautery and surgery. Osmosis has had great results in treating rosacea with a more holistic approach instead of just treating the symptom on the surface. We calm inflammation both internally and in the skin. When we increase the skin's ability to heal using ingredients that partner with the skin instead of having potentially harmful side effects, we see redness disappear, capillaries become less visible, thickening of a thinned dermis, and all over improvement in skin tone.
Doctors are still trying to determine the etiology of rosacea but according to the American Academy of Dermatology, there are some determining factors. These include: genetics, since rosacea tends to run in families; an over active immune system; H pylori, since it is commonly found in rosacea sufferers but not all individuals with H pylori have rosacea; the demodex mite which lives on everyone's skin but is found in larger quantities in rosacea, and a protein called cathelicidin which normally protects the skin from infection but causes the inflammation seen in rosacea.
Though the medical community does not yet know the direct cause of rosacea they are starting to recognize intestinal influences.
Dr. Johnson has always held the belief that our digestive issues are a direct link to rosacea. We have seen amazing results in our rosacea sufferers just by taking Digestive Health Harmonized Water that is designed to help balance intestinal issues and calm inflammation along the digestive tract. The powerful anti-inflammatory property of Restore has also provided dramatic relief to rosacea sufferers both internally and topically. Though you can't diagnose rosacea in your clients, being able to recognize the signs and symptoms to provide them with products that can help to alleviate their discomfort will help to change their lives.
We recommend Digestive Health Harmonized Water and Restore Topical to anyone you suspect of having rosacea. This dynamic duo will calm their irritated skin from both the inside and out and start them on the path to recovery. (Please remember that Restore Topical is very drying to the skin so they will need an effective and healthy moisturizer like our award-winning Quench!) Once the inflammation starts to dissipate, slowly bring in Calm to start rebuilding the health of the skin while still effectively treating rosacea. As well as getting them on a home care regimen, start their recovery process with an anti-inflammatory facial specifically designed for the worst rosacea sufferers.
For more information, please visit our Professional Resource Center (login required). In addition to many other resources, you will also find a new facial protocol designed to calm inflammation and start the healing process without overly stimulating the skin.