Most clients with rosacea present with an acne-like inflammation which can include red or pink facial skin, small dilated blood vessels, small red bumps sometimes containing pus. Rosacea is an inflammatory skin disorder usually beginning at middle age or later. It begins as flushing and redness on the central face and across the cheeks, nose, or forehead but can also less commonly affect the neck, chest, scalp or ears.
Experts are not sure what causes rosacea, but most agree that it’s a condition caused by chronic inflammation triggered by many things including wrong skincare ingredients, heat and friction, emotional stress, sun exposure, high or low humidity, diet etc. And it can fluctuate so there are days when it’s really bad and other days it’s manageable.
Managing rosacea requires repairing the skin barrier FIRST, then managing and calming the cells underneath. The skin barrier must be repaired using only ingredients that are physiologic to the skin, NOT just any barrier cream. By repairing the skin barrier, the severity and duration of a flare up can be reduced.
Some rosacea skin does not complete the desquamation cycle ie the skin cells don’t differentiate properly before they reach the surface and others cannot regulate the water balance due to poor enzyme activity. Understanding which is happening is important to correct treatment pathway. Remember, not all skin treatments are safe for a rosacea skin.
Leaky gut – leaky skin
There is a growing body of evidence linking rosacea to an imbalance of the gastrointestinal tract or poor gut health. This negatively affects the absorption of nutrients (leaky gut) and affects the detoxification function of the colon. When wastes cannot be eliminated, the system becomes inflamed. It’s vital to correct this imbalance with the support of high potency probiotics and detoxification herbs.
Skin specific nutrition for healing and repair is also needed in the form of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) contained in fish oil. Fish oils also help reduce inflammation by modulating the production of inflammatory prostaglandins.
At the consultation meeting, we can advise you of the best treatment plans, skincare and supplements to help manage your skin condition.