Rosacea

Snail Cream for Rosacea

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Rosacea is a common skin disease that typically affects people over the age of 30. It leads to redness on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead, with some people getting bumps and pimples on these red parts of the face. Rosacea can also cause some sufferers to feel a burning sensation and soreness in their eyes.

It’s a condition that can lead to low self-esteem in sufferers, with many of them feeling less confident in work or social situations as a direct result. Although there is no cure for the condition, there are numerous treatments which can work to lessen the appearance of symptoms, control flare-ups and prevent the condition from getting worse.

What causes Rosacea?

Although it’s currently unknown what causes Rosacea, skin care experts do know that it’s not the result of surface bacteria, as is the case with many other skin conditions. They also know that it’s more common in those with fairer skin, and that it seems to be genetic, running in families.

Rosacea is easy to diagnose, with doctors being able to diagnose it solely from the pattern of redness it causes on a person’s face, making it possible to diagnose without any medical testing in the majority of cases.

It was previously thought in the past that Rosacea was caused by long term alcohol abuse, however, this has since been proven to not be the case. That being said, excessive alcohol consumption can lead to the worsening of symptoms and flare-ups.

People with Rosacea suffer flare-ups when blood vessels in the face expand, causes the redness that sufferers experience on their faces. These flare-ups are caused by triggers, with triggers varying from person to person. Some of the more common triggers include exercise, weather, stress, spicy food and alcohol, among others.

What are the symptoms?

People suffering from Rosacea typically exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Flushed, red face with dry, sensitive skin and a burning or stinging sensation
  • Small bumps, pimples or breakouts similar to those experienced by acne sufferers
  • Coarser, thicker skin with a bumpy texture
  • Dry, red and irritated eyes

Although rare, Rosacea that is left untreated can lead to permanent effects, including the thickening of the skin on your face and loss of vision. It can also lead to Rhinophyma, bumps on the nose, which overtime gives the nose a swollen, waxy appearance. However, most cases of Rosacea are rarely left to progress this far without treatment.

How is it treated?

There is currently no cure for Rosacea, however there are a number of treatments that can help to reduce and control symptoms, as well as to prevent the disease from getting worse. These treatments, both prescription and over-the-counter, include:

  • Low-dose antibiotics like doxycycline
  • Skin creams that contain Azelaic Acid, Brimonidine or Metronidazole
  • The redness from tiny blood vessels and be improved with laser or intense pulsed light (IPL)
  • Dry, sensitive skin can be treated with moisturisers and creams, including snail creams that can also reduce the appearance of redness and any scarring
  • Dry, red and irritated eyes can be effectively treated with prescription eyedrops that contain cyclosporine or other similar ingredients
  • In rare cases where thickened, bumpy skin appears on the nose or face, this can be treated with cosmetic surgery

How can you prevent Rosacea flare-ups?

There are a number of measures that can be taken to both reduce the symptoms and to prevent the worsening of Rosacea flare ups. These measures include:

  • Get your symptoms under control. A dermatologist can help with this, by prescribing treatments that work to reduce redness and control breakouts
  • Identify your triggers, as knowing what causes breakouts will help you to better treat and manage your Rosacea. This can be effectively done by keeping a log of what you’re eating, drinking and when outbreaks occur
  • Protect your face from the weather. Avoid direct exposure to sun light between 10am and 4pm, use sunscreen that is rate SPF 30 or higher, and consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat or visor.
  • Take care to be gentle with your skin. Choose skin products that are designed for sensitive skin and avoiding exfoliating products that can scratch or irritate your skin.
  • Take care of your eyes, gently washing your eyelids at regular intervals throughout the day.