Does your skin throw temper tantrums over just about anything? Sensitive skin can be a frustrating and confusing condition to deal with! This skin type will usually experience redness, tingling, tightness, heat and occasionally itching on a far too frequent basis. A genetic predisposition, impaired skin barrier or various other factors such as wind, cold, heat and diet may aggravate your sensitive skin.
Sensitive skin can have any level of sebaceous activity (Oil production). Whether normal, dry or oily, it is very noticeably delicate in look and feel.
This skin often suffers from chronic acne or rosacea and can present with:
- Dilated capillaries and
- Flushed cheeks
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common, yet misunderstood, chronic, inflammatory skin condition. It mostly affects the face, and sometimes other areas of skin. Constant redness can be accompanied by acne and dilated blood vessels. It is thought to be caused by a variety of unproven theories including blood vessel abnormalities, genetics, large numbers of Demodex Mites (tiny mites) on the skin and bacteria found in the digestive system, just to name a few.
It can often be mistaken for adult acne.There is a type of rosacea called Papulopustular Rosacea with acne-like pimples and pustules. Problems may occur when harsh, over-the-counter acne treatments are used as these will likely worsen symptoms. A correct diagnosis is needed. Consider seeking the expert advice if you are unsure of what you are dealing with.
Rosacea is also more than skin deep.Many sufferers often report low self esteem and significant emotional stress and anxiety associated with the psychological impact of living with permanently angry, red and sometimes painful skin. This resulting stress can then often be a trigger that aggravates a rosacea skin further, leading to a difficult path of healing.
Factors that can trigger or irritate a Rosacea skin:
- Hot and cold temperatures
- Spicy foods
- Hot drinks
- Physical or psychological stress.
Rosacea can be successfully controlled. Due to rosacea being a chronic condition, treatment is therefore centred on management and prolonging the duration of remission and not on curing. Unfortunately you cannot completely cure this condition. Rosacea responds best to a holistic approach of treatment, considering that stress and diet are huge factors in both causing or eliminating outbreaks. Identifying triggers will help to address Rosacea at the root cause instead of just suppressing it through conventional treatments.
Tips for dealing with Rosacea:
- Less is more. Have a simple skincare routine and avoid overloading your already stressed skin with too much to handle.
- Be Gentle with your skin. Pat dry and avoid harsh and abrasive products.
- Avoid the sun and ensure that you always wear a factor50 SPF.
- Keep it on the cooler side and stray away from a steaming hot shower or bath.
When outdoors be cautious as any significant change in temperature aggravates rosacea.
- Protect your face from wind and cold.
- Consider lowering your intake of dairy, sugar, gluten, coffee, alcohol, processed and fried foods and red meat as these may aggravate your skin. Before you panic! This doesn’t mean you can’t ever have a glass of red wine again, just be aware it may trigger some irritation.
Before you sign up to live in a bubble, take back control by investing in the correct skin care, avoiding the harsh elements and ensuring adequate sun protection on a daily basis.
Dr Wade’s Recommendation For Sensitive and Rosacea Skins:
Book an online consultation with one of our skin specialists, so they may analyse your skin and go through your skincare history in order to develop the most effective treatment plan going forward.
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