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CONCERNS: Rosacea

So what exactly is rosacea and what causes it?


Rosacea is a long term skin condition that typically affects the face. It results in redness, pimples swelling and small and superficial dilated blood vessels. The areas most often affected are the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.

Exact figures are not know but it its thought that Rosacea affects somewhere between one and 10% people with those affected most often between 30 and 50 years old and predominantly female. 

The cause of rosacea is unknown. However, risk factors are believed to include a family history of the condition. Factors which may potentially worsen the condition include; temperature changes, exercise, sunlight, spicy food, alcohol, menopause, psychological stress, or steroid cream on the face.

How can Rosacea be treated?


While not curable, treatment usually improves symptoms. Treatment is typically with metronidazole, doxycycline or tetracycline. When the eyes are affected azithromycin eye drops may help. Other treatments with tentative benefit include brimonidine cream, ivermectin cream, and isotretinoin. Dermabration or laser surgery may also be used. The use of sunscreen is typically recommended.

One of the keys to dealing with rosacea is to choose skin care products which are irritant free which is true of our product line-up. Given the characteristics of rosacea it is recommended that you specifically choose skin care products which have the following properties.

  • Sun Protecting - daily use of sunscreen on the affected area is usually recommended.

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Skin Barrier Repairing i.e. contain; cholesterol, ceramides and/or essential fatty acids to help keep the skin barrier strong and reduce irritation.

  • Moisture Boosting i.e. contain humectants such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin which bind water to the upper layers of the skin and/or form are occlusive to form a seal on the top of the skin to prevent water loss in order to prevent irritation.

Which skin care products could help to combat the condition?


Below are a some of our favourite products which have the properties listed above and which we hope will help you in your fight against rosacea:


Odylique

Natural sun Screen


Brought to you by Odylique, this sunscreen is packed full of skin-caring minerals and nine organic antioxidant botanicals for unique triple protection for face and body. Independently tested and proven broad spectrum UVA and UVB, plus powerful antioxidants to scavenge free radicals and counteract the damaging effects of the sun. This sunscreen contains NO synthetic UV filters, preservatives, silicones, fragrance or colour and is the first ever sun screen both organically certified and approved by the Fairtrade Foundation. The product contains the following beneficial ingredients:


Karanja and Zinc

Provide broad spectrum UV protection.

Sunflower

High in antioxidants.


Raw Shea Butter

Which is both hydrating and protecting.

Chamomile

Calming and anti-inflammatory helping to reduce redness and irritation.

Sea Buckthorn

Packed with antioxidants and high in omega 7 to protect against UV damage


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Green People

Hydrating Calming Serum


Brought to you by Green People this lightweight serum provides the calming and moisture boosting properties someone with rosacea will crave. In addition to glycerin which is an excellent humectant the product contains the following beneficial ingredients:


Everlasting Flower and Chamomile

Rich in flavonoids, instantly reducing oxidative stress and soothing skin inflammation.


Tara Bush 

Rich in polysaccharides, has strong moisture-binding properties.


Green Marine Macro Algae

Ensures intense hydration to deeper skin tissues, increases collagen, regenerates, firms and softens the skin.

Marshmallow

Calming and anti-inflammatory helping to reduce redness and irritation and leaving a soothing, protective barrier on the skin to maintain moisture levels and aid wound healing.

Aloe Vera

Rich in mucopolysaccharides, giving it excellent soothing, healing and moisturising properties


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Odylique

Repair Lotion


Originally created by Margaret, the founder of Odylique, as a moisturiser for her own and her family’s eczema prone skin Repair Lotion is a lightweight cream which calms distressed and itchy skin on your face or body. The soothing ingredients in this product should work well to reduce the symptoms associated with rosacea. The product contains the following beneficial ingredients:


Chamomile

Rich in flavonoids, instantly reducing oxidative stress and soothing skin inflammation.


Chickweed

Great at relieving itching.


Hypericum (St John's Wart)

Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of this herb work on the skin to offer some relief from these irritating skin conditions.

Calendula

Calming and anti-inflammatory helping to reduce redness and irritation and leaving a soothing, protective barrier on the skin to maintain moisture levels and aid wound healing.

Aloe Vera

Rich in mucopolysaccharides, giving it excellent soothing, healing and moisturising properties.


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Green People

Cleanser & Make-up Remover


Brought to you by Green People this is a gentle cleanser with calming properties which someone with rosacea should enjoy. The product contains the following beneficial ingredients:


Jojoba

Rich in omega 7 and 9 fatty acids. It closely resembles the consistency of the skins natural oils and has excellent softening and moisturising properties.


Calendula

Calming and anti-inflammatory helping to reduce redness and irritation and leaving a soothing, protective barrier on the skin to maintain moisture levels and aid wound healing.


Shea Butter

Which is both hydrating and protecting.

Squalane from Olives

Conditions and moisturises the skin, reducing water loss and restoring skin suppleness and elasticity.


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Lyonsleaf

Calendula & Marshmallow Balm


An unfragranced balm from Lyonsleaf made with pure plant oils, beeswax, home grown herbs and nothing else. Great for those with inflamed skin. Some of the beneficial ingredients include:


Calendula Flower and Marshmallow Root Extract

Calming and anti-inflammatory helping to reduce redness and irritation and leaving a soothing, protective barrier on the skin to maintain moisture levels and aid wound healing.

Babassu Oil

Calms redness and itchy inflamed skin.

Borage (Starflower) Oil

An amazing skin regenerator due to its gamma Linoleic acid (GLA) content. It is great for smoothing the complexion and moisturising the skin. In addition it reduces inflammation.

Avocado Oil

Rich in vitamins A, D and E the antioxidants it contains reduce free radical damage and promote natural collagen production.

Rosehip Oil

For skin smoothing and cell-renewal.


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Here at Skind we are constantly looking to improve our product line-up and feedback on the effectiveness of our products is key. Should you decide to try out any of the products above please do let us know how you get on by dropping us a line at info@skind.co.uk

Please see our full range of products which we believe are suitable for those with rosacea on www.skind.co.uk/rosacea


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