WHAT IS ROSACEA?
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness and an inflammatory reaction in the facial skin.
It is most common in women between the ages of 30 and 60, but it can also affect men. You may experience facial redness and visible blood vessels. This can be accompanied by small bumps and / or pimples, and sometimes even with greater inflammation in the skin. Other complaints you can experience with rosacea are a stinging and burning sensation on the face, dry skin, a coarse skin texture and eye irritation. The complaints are usually present on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. Rosacea can sometimes flare up suddenly which can make it difficult to control. Due to increasing awareness, rosacea is now diagnosed at an early stage, which fortunately allows the skin complaint to be well stabilised.
WHAT CAUSES ROSACEA?
The exact cause of rosacea is not known yet. We do know that it is a chronic skin condition in which there are various triggering factors. For example, UV radiation, stress, certain medicines and foods, mites, reduced resistance and the transition from cold to heat can affect the skin.
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ROSACEA AND DEMODEX MITES
Recent studies indicate that large amounts of demodex mites are found on the skin in people with rosacea. Especially with rosacea types 1 and 2. These skin mites probably live in a disrupted skin barrier. It is suspected that this mite has the complaints; cause sensitivity and irritation.
WHAT KINDS OF ROSACEA ARE THERE?
Different types of rosacea are distinguished. Rosacea type 1, 2 and 3 can be treated at Huidmedzorg.
- Type 1: This form of rosacea is very similar to rosacea.
A superficial network of vascular structure has developed in the skin, causing the skin to turn red. The skin will blush quickly (flushing) and can sometimes feel burning.
- Type 2: This form of rosacea consists of a diffuse redness accompanied by papules and pimples. The skin may feel a little dry and burning and itchy at times.
- Type 3: By enlarging the sebaceous glands and an increase in connective tissue, a coarse skin structure and a Rhinophyma can develop. A Rhinophyma is characterized by a thickening of the nose.
- Type 4: In addition to skin problems, rosacea also develops in the eyes, which is characterized by dry and burning eyes and swelling of the eyelids. This form of rosacea cannot be treated within Huidmedzorg. You must make an appointment with an ophthalmologist for this form.
TREATMENT OF ROSACEA
Fortunately, there are several options within skin therapeutic care to prevent the spread of the complaint and to control rosacea. Treatment for rosacea is based on extinguishing the inflammatory response, building up skin resistance and removing diffuse redness and broken blood vessels. In addition to discussing an effective treatment plan, we also give you personal advice. These recommendations are based on appropriate skin care and avoiding the factors that trigger rosacea.
- IPL (Intense Pulsed Light):
After applying a cooling gel, a light pulse is given. The oxyhaemoglobin (red dye in the blood) present in the vessels absorbs the light energy and converts it into heat. The heat damages the blood vessel wall, causing it to collapse and disappear over time. The treatment will gradually fade the vessels. The cause of rosacea cannot be eliminated by the treatment.
Fruit acid and chemical peels can be applied to strengthen the skin’s resistance.
A cream that kills bacteria (antibiotics such as metronidazole). Furthermore, the drug ivermectin is also new on the market with the treatment goal of rosacea. This medicine was previously used to treat scabies.
- Acne Treatment:
The acne cleansing purifies your skin and normalizes the production of sebum. All visible blemishes and pimples are removed during this treatment.
A good lifestyle and skin care routine is important. Skin care products to soothe and strengthen the skin is a priority.
What we eat and drink has a major impact on our skin. Daily activities can trigger flushing. Think of cold wind, spicy food, sauna visit, alcohol, sports and smoking. Do you eat healthy but still suffer from rosacea? You probably eat a lot of histamine-rich foods. This substance worsens the rosacea complaints.
HISTAMINE RICH FOOD:
- Smoked and pickled foods
- Strawberries, citrus fruits and dried fruit
- Pumpkin, spinach, tomatoes, aubergine, sauerkraut and olives
- Spices: cinnamon, chili, thyme