Red Red Go Away



The face of WC Fields is so characteristic that we all remember his reddish nose and face. In the skincare community we recognize that this rosy appearance represents a diagnosis of Rosacea. Those who suffer from this condition often panic when they are told they have Rosacea, thinking that their skin will look like his over time.

Rosacea is a skin condition commonly found in people who often " blush and flush", especially after drinking red wine, eating spicy food, or exercising. This reddish coloration of their nose and cheeks may be temporary or may lead to permanent small blood vessels. In addition, acne may accompany the redness on the central part of the face. That is why the diagnosis is called "acne rosacea". According to the National Rosacea Society, approximately 14 million people have Rosacea. The psychological impact of this condition can be great as it has been said that 70 % of these patients suffer from low self confidence and self esteem as a result. Perhaps these are the reasons that have motivated several skincare companies to produce creams that all claim to eliminate the redness.

At SkinCareLab, we have found two products which help: La Roche Posay’s Rosaliac and Alyria’s Rosacure. Rosaliac contains xanthine (a caffeine derivative) and Rosacure has a sulfur compound that both calm the redness. In addition, there are medicated anti-bacterial prescriptive creams that may be suggested by your dermatologist including Metrogel and Finacea which also treat this condition.

Dr Brad Katchen, SkinCareLab’s founder, says that the topical creams certainly help to quiet the redness and treat the acne, but it won't touch the blood vessels that are on the skin. He uses the Intense Pulsed Light treatment, a photofacial that permanently eliminates them. After a few treatments the vessels are remarkably reduced. That is when the topicals really help to keep it under control so it doesn’t return.
Lastly, the sun and heat certainly make your skin flush and can worsen your rosacea. So now that the weather is warming up, this is one more reason to use your sunscreen daily.








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