"When I drink alchol my face turns red, it's really embarrasing."
"It's not just red, it's painful."
"I have been suffering from rosacea for about 4 years now and lately I feel like I’m getting to the end of my rope. Nothing seems to be helping. Wondering if one of your products might be a good fit?"
Can you relate to our customers statements above? Rosacea is a growing concerns for many, here are some of the latest available statistics;
- 10 per cent of the world’s population has rosacea.
- Approximately 2 million Canadians have rosacea.
- People between the ages of 30 and 60 years are most typically affected.
- It is most common in women and people with fair skin.
- Up to 40 per cent of affected men and women have a family member with rosacea.
What does it look like? It is characterized by flushing (redness), telangiectasis (distended or dilated surface blood vessels) on the center of the face. Particularly the nose, cheeks and chin areas. In severe cases the formation of papules and pustules, called "Acne Rosacea" occurs.
What's the cause? The cause is unknown. I know, frustrating right? We do have a little insight as to some commonalities amongst those with it. Research has shown that people with rosacea have an excessive amount of cathelicidin in their skin, which may explain why they react to certain environmental triggers. It may effect you due to; heredity, bacteria, mites or fungus. There is no specific skin "type" associated with rosacea. You may have oily skin or dry skin, and have rosacea. There is currently no known cure, but, studies have discovered common triggers amongst those experiecing rosasea. Common Triggers noted by The Canadian Skin Patient Alliance (CSPA);
- Extreme temperatures and temperature changes, including moving from inside to outside
- Strenuous exercise
- Heat from sunlight
- Severe sunburn
- Stress and anxiety
- Fragranced soaps and soap-based cleansers
- Certain food and drinks, including caffeine, spicy foods and foods containing histamines, such as cheese, fermented soy products, vinegar, alcohol and other fermented foods
- Certain medications and topical irritants, such as blood-pressure drugs, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, high doses of isotretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, tretinoin, topical steroids and demodex mites (tiny mites found in the hair follicles)
What can I do for the sensitivity and redness? Proper skin hygiene in combination with quality ingredients. Be certain that if ignored, the ocassional red flare ups will become regular flare ups and possibly permanent.
Which products do I start with? We recommend you take the Skin Quiz and allow our skincare therapist to help you get started. The first three steps of the MediOrganic System are good for normal, oily and dry skin types. These three products combined will clean, hydrate and heal the common side effects of Rosacea.