Facing up to Rosacea
While there are a number of subtypes of Rosacea, which we can go into some very scientific detail about, categorisation doesn’t really help the emotional and confidence issues that this common skin disease can cause.
The most common type of Rosacea tends to cause redness, flushing and visible blood vessels. This redness can slowly spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin. Even the ears, chest, and back can be red all the time.
A part of this redness could also be comprised of spider veins, which are the result of weak or damaged valves in the veins and thread veins which tend to form in old age, as the elasticity of our skin and blood vessels decreases.
It’s really not known what causes rosacea, but those with lighter skin tend to be more susceptible. Dermatologists suggest that it could be due to abnormalities in the blood vessels of the face which cause the flushing, persistent redness, and visible blood vessels.
There is also a pesky little mite by the name of Demodex folliculorum which lives on human skin and usually causes no problems. However, patients with rosacea have much higher numbers of these mites than others do. It is unclear whether the mites cause the rosacea, or whether the rosacea causes the overpopulation of the mites.
There are also some known triggers that can aggravate rosacea or make it worse by increasing blood flow to the surface of the skin; these include: caffeine, spicy foods, dairy products, extremes of temperature, sunlight, humidity, wind, hot baths or saunas, some medications, such as corticosteroids and drugs for treating high blood pressure and, of course, alcohol.
Aside from these aggravating factors, rosacea, if left unchecked, will tend to get worse. And of course the nature of this condition, and fact that it tends to affect facial features, means that it can have a really big impact on the confidence of those that suffer from it. A recent US study found that people with rosacea have also reported having depression and anxiety because of it. The study also found that there are emotional and social stigmas that come with rosacea, including being viewed as abusers of alcohol or as having poor hygiene. This is of course not based on fact and is purely unfortunate social perception.
To help give some relief to the impact of rosacea, both visibly and emotionally, Couperose by Swissforce works to reduce the appearance of skin redness, couperose, thread and spider veins. If used twice daily, morning and evening, it will give visible results in just a week.
This wonderful formulation contains:
Concentrates of red vine leaves, roses, and ginkgo to improve overall skin-tone and stimulate microcirculation, help nourish and strengthen the skin, reduce the visible appearance of redness, and of spider or thread veins.
- Calendula – a long-lasting moisturiser with a calming and soothing effect on the skin.
- Purple algae extract which minimises the appearance of couperose, redness and spider veins.
- Extracts of Swiss cress and soya proteins – to create an even skin tone, visibly reduce age spots, and prevent photo-aging.
- Crystal Mint – natural mineral-based lightening pigment, perfect for illuminating the skin and giving a more even-toned appearance.
The combined result is a non-greasy formulation that strengthens the skin and improves micro-circulation, calms and soothes the skin and is suitable for all skin types.
RRP $34.99 Available at Pharmacies and www.thenewme.co.nz
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