Daily Telegraph: seeing red, how to combat rosacea

Written by on July 14, 2007 in in the news with 1 Comment

It is nice to see that slowly newspaper articles on rosacea are becoming more informed. One might even think that they are surfing the net to see what new information is out there.

Sydney’s Sunday Daily Telegraph: Skin care, How to combat Rosacea, Seeing red by Matthew Thompson,

I can sympathize with this quote from Deborah ; The unwelcome comments I received over many years for my red nose didn’t get easier.

“At work functions, when we’re sharing a bottle of bubbly, a few times someone has looked at my redness and broken capillaries and asked if I need help. It’s annoying, but it’s not as hurtful as when I was a kid and everyone used to point at me and sing Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.”

The following description of how rosacea develops is pretty good for a newspaper ;

 … most experts believe it is a genetic predisposition and sufferers are born with abnormally sensitive skin. They are often the people who blush noticeably when embarrassed and whose faces flush when they walk into a heated room. Their facial skin overreacts to a variety of triggers, such as shame, stress, sexual arousal, spicy foods, heavy exercise, dripping humidity, alcohol, strong sunlight, cold winds and certain cosmetics.

When a person’s system works properly, the facial veins adjust to match the body temperature: if body temperature rises, the facial veins will dilate, increasing blood flow to allow the body to lose heat. If the body temperature falls, facial veins will contract to conserve heat.

However, in people with rosacea, the facial veins overreact by dilating too often and too much, producing the flushing effect. When this happens over and over again, some of the veins become permanently dilated and are visible as thin red lines known as broken capillaries.

The flushes are also tied in with a little-understood inflammation of the skin – the face remains red even when the sufferer is not flushing – as well as outbreaks of pustules and the formation of small lumps on the skin’s surface. This inflammation even strikes the eyes of some sufferers, potentially damaging their vision.

Their treatments section mention medical lasers, IPL, antibiotics, some suggested topicals, preventative lifestyle changes and even an anti-inflammatory diet. The article also mentions that finacea is available from chemists. In Australia finacea is available without prescription. Another product, familiar to some rosacea sufferers, RosaceaCare’s Strontium Soothing Spray also gets a mention.

This sort of detailed article will go a long way to educate the population at large about rosacea.

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  1. JudyK says:

    What helps me is a 50/50 peroxide/water solution dabbed on the face twice a day. Afterwards I put Ceramide from capsules I get from Elizabeth Arden on my face and this really stops the itching. Although Ceramide is expensive, I get 3 uses per capsule so it isnt as bad as it seems. Also any product with Shea butter doesnt burn. St. Ives has a Shea butter/Oatmeal moisturizer that is soothing.

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