• Coming up Rosy

    Dr Claudia AguirreWith Mother’s Day right around the corner, everything is coming up rosy. From pink to red, roses are a sign of spring, love and mothers. Red hues look great on flowers, but on the cheeks they can be a sign of skin inflammation. When the redness is persistent, it may be a sign of the chronic inflammatory skin disease Rosacea.

    Rosacea affects over 16 million Americans and 45 million people worldwide. As common as this may seem, there are countless others who go on about their daily lives undiagnosed. To complicate matters, the cause of Rosacea is still undefined. There are many factors involved in the disease progression, and one that will affect Rosacea sufferers in the coming summer months is sun exposure.

    There is a strong connection between UV exposure and Rosacea. Patients with Rosacea tend to be on the lower end of the Fitzpatrick scale, areas of the skin not exposed to sunlight are typically not affected- studies even show that more damage appears on the driver’s side of the face. Solar elastosis can also be seen in affected skin biopsies, strengthening the relationship between sun exposure and Rosacea symptoms. The goal with this chronic condition is to control symptoms, not cure. Skin health maintenance is crucial to clients with Rosacea. Beach time and frequent washing may sound refreshing in the warm summer months, but the truth is these can exacerbate Rosacea. Besides the UV damage, the barrier can also be stripped with soap or harsh detergents, which can worsen both Acne and Rosacea (both chronic, inflammatory diseases).

    Some helpful tips during the warmer months for Rosacea sufferers:

    Over exposure to sun
    Emotional stress
    Environmental triggers – repeated exposure to wind, smoking, alcohol, and extreme temperatures

    Daily sun protection (minimum SPF 15)
    Ceramides (found in sunflower seed extract) and lipids (gamma linoleic acid) in moisturizers
    Anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Oat extracts, ginger, bisabolol and peptides designed to control inflammation
    Prescription strength anti-inflammatories or retinoids may be beneficial for those seeking medical help

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