Understanding rosacea: The answers to your most frequently asked questions
April is Rosacea Awareness Month and the perfect time to shine a light on the little-known skin condition with no known cure.
If you’ve never heard of rosacea before, allow us to introduce you!
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin disorder that presents as ongoing flushing and blushing and persistent redness. Essentially, the redness is caused by dilated blood vessels. The cause of the dilation, however, could be a potential combination of factors that remain difficult to pinpoint.
Unfortunately, taking a tablet or applying a topical ointment cannot cure rosacea. But – as with most skin concerns – understanding the condition can help manage it and reduce the symptoms.
In honour of Rosacea Awareness Month, we’ve gathered together some of the most frequently asked questions responded to by our customer service team. We’re sharing the answers today to help those who live with the condition understand the role they can play to potentially reduce symptoms.
Q: What part of the face is affected by rosacea?
A: While there’s no set rule, the nose, cheeks and forehead are the areas usually affected by rosacea.
Q: What does rosacea look like?
A: Rosacea looks like red cheeks, bumps or pimples on the face, or watery eyes. If you persistently appear like you’re blushing, it’s likely to be rosacea.
Q: What causes rosacea?
A: There is no one single definable factor that causes rosacea. The redness is caused by blood vessels visible from under the skin but likely causes of this are genes, inflammation, and environmental factors. The enlarged blood vessels can also be an inflammatory response to allergies.
Q: How can I treat rosacea?
A: While there’s currently no known cure, there are several ways to treat the symptoms of rosacea and minimise the appearance of redness.
- Reduce hot showers
Heat on the skin can increase redness. Keep showers cool and avoid putting your face in hot water. We recommend cleansing at the basin to allow better temperature control near the face.
- Avoid alcohol
Alcohol dilates the blood vessels making the redness more obvious. Cut down or remove alcohol completely.
- Reduce sun exposure
Ongoing exposure to the sun can weaken capillaries. Avoid the sun completely, and always apply SPF 50+ to the face before you step outside.
- Avoid hot and spicy foods
Spice can cause the body heat to increase which can enhance the appearance of redness. Keep spices to a minimum.
- Reduce stress
Raised cortisol levels can cause inflammation leading to redness and irritation. Manage stress to reduce the visible impact on the skin.
- Be kind to the skin
Avoid artificial colours, fragrances and abrasive scrubs to minimise irritation and soothe the skin.
- Professional treatments
We always recommend you consult with a skin expert before undergoing any treatment, but we love LED to help reduce redness and strengthen the skin. IPL may also help to treat or decrease blood vessels.
Q: Can Biologi help with rosacea?
Applying hard-working plant actives to the skin can help reduce redness and minimise the impact of rosacea. The following products are recommended by our skincare experts.
Bc Refresh is a daily cleanser suitable for all skin types. The highly active and soothing phytonutrients combined with amino acids gently work to naturally condition the skin while reducing redness and irritation surrounding rosacea.
Extract of Australian finger lime, Bf Restore can hydrate the skin, reduce inflammation and redness, and even out your skin tone. As our most healing serum, the combination of vitamin C and antioxidants can strengthen the barrier to help prevent free radical damage that can make redness associated with rosacea worse.
The Bqk is a morning and evening duo containing powerful phytoactives that reduce redness and fine lines and give your skin an overall glow.
Br Organic Rosehip Oil is ideal for sensitive skins and can be applied over the top of any serum (wait five minutes for the active ingredients to penetrate). The cold-pressed and unrefined oil contains vitamins A & E and linoleic and alpha-linoleic acids to fight inflammation, improve scarring and hydrate the skin.
Consider alternating between serums to benefit from a full range of healing and nourishing actives to strengthen the skin and reduce the redness associated with rosacea.
While there is no known cure for rosacea, managing the symptoms can reduce redness and enhance the complexion for skin so bright it glows!