In today’s article, we will take a closer look at sensitive and reactive skin conditions to guide our clients towards preventative and effective ways to better manage the symptoms of Rosacea.

First things first, Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition that currently affects approximately 3 million Canadians and 16 million Americans. Statically, it affects more women than men and can be seen from 30 to 50+ years old. Clients who are genetically predisposed with a family history or who are a dominant red oval type or Sanguine temperaments will need to adapt their routine and lifestyle early on to best manage the natural progression of this skin condition.

Rosacea symptoms can be easily seen in phototypes I, II, III, and IV but rosacea might be underreported and underdiagnosed in phototypes V and VI because of the difficulty of discerning erythema and telangiectasia in darker skin.

During a consultation or evaluation Rosacea can be identified first by redness on the cheeks and nose but can also affect the chin and forehead. The redness can at first be transient and come and go but over time and without treatment, the diffused redness becomes permanent and telangiectasias develop. This subtype is referred to as Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea. In some cases, the presence of papular lesions on the cheeks and nose can appear indicating papulopustular rosacea. Other subtypes are Phymatous rosacea and ocular rosacea that affect the nose and eyes respectively.

On a positive note, this skin type is always well-oxygenated, they never need to spend money on blush and generally have fewer fine lines as they age. It is important to remember that lifestyle and skincare choices will either help or hinder our progress and avoiding common triggers such as red wine, spicy foods, and sugar will help to ensure better and longer-lasting results.

A few tips and tricks to better manage the symptoms of rosacea are:

  • Avoid harsh cleansers, facial scrubs, and strong acids
  • Avoid extreme temperatures such as a steam room or sauna
  • Wear SPF Mineral 30 every day

Along with skincare ingredients that are known for their anti-inflammatory and soothing effects, the most effective way to reduce redness and telangiectasia in a professional setting is with IPL for vascular applications. A series of 3 to 6 treatments with the IPL360 can dramatically improve the symptoms of Rosacea and offer long-lasting results.