In the early stages of rosacea, the facial skin (particularly the cheeks, nose, and forehead) frequently becomes reddish, as though it had been sun burnt. The redness, called “couperosis,” is often accompanied by a burning sensation, tingling, and tight skin. About half of those affected by rosacea can also suffer from red, dry eyes and irritated eyelids.
Over time, the redness becomes increasingly frequent and persistent. Facial skin can also become very dry. Dilated, purplish capillaries can appear on the cheeks, sides of the nose, and cheekbones.
Small red pimples (papula), sometimes filled with pus (pustules), can also appear. This is called “acne rosacea.” Be careful not to confuse it with adolescent acne, which consists of whiteheads and blackheads.
In severe cases, the skin becomes very red and thickens in certain areas (nose, chin, and forehead), which can cause a severe, persistent disfigurement.
The progression of the condition from one stage to another is unpredictable. It depends on the individual and his or her lifestyle.
Two people with rosacea may see their symptoms worsen for very different reasons. It’s important to observe your skin’s reaction in your daily routine to identify the factors that trigger your rosacea. The following factors frequently lead to rosacea outbreaks, but not in all cases!
Establish your reaction profile based on the factors indicated in the blue table. Mark an X as to whether they trigger a rosacea outbreak, then indicate the intensity of the reaction if applicable. You can adjust your food choices, cosmetic purchases, and daily activities based on this profile.
|Triggering Factors for Rosacea
- Exercise in a cool, well ventilated place.
- Alcohol, especially red wine, can worsen rosacea symptoms. Does it have that effect on you?
- Very spicy dishes and spices like black pepper and cayenne pepper should be avoided if they aggravate your rosacea symptoms.
- Hot beverages such as coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, as well as other very hot foods such as soups may aggravate your rosacea.
- Use a mild skin cleanser and stay away from cosmetics containing perfumes, alcohol, abrasives, fruit acids, etc. You should also avoid exfoliating your skin, which can irritate it even further and trigger redness.
- Avoid extreme temperature variations such as intense cold or heat. Very hot showers and baths and saunas should also be avoided.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Apply moisturizing cream containing SPF every day and, when you spend the day outside, use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or over that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. If you have very sensitive skin, use sunscreen containing only titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. Ask your healthcare professional for more information.
Hot beverages may aggravate your rosacea.
It is strongly recommended to moisturize the skin to preserve the elasticity of the blood vessels. You should use a fluid, noncomedogenic cream rather than greasy creams that can block the skin pores and increase the burning sensation. To help you live with rosacea, there are corrective makeup products containing a green tint that helps conceal skin redness. Powders and oily foundation should also be avoided. It is better to choose products adapted to this type of skin. Thermal spring water sprays can also be used to cool and soothe the skin.
Over-the-counter products do not replace medical treatment, but they can complement it. If you think you suffer from rosacea, you should see a doctor, as this condition can become worse if not prevented or treated. You should probably consult a dermatologist, who can prescribe a treatment that’s right for you.
|A FEW FACTS
about the uses of thermal spring water spray
It can be used to treat
- Sensitive skin
- Dry skin and eczema
- lRedness due to burns, sunburn, skin irritation
It is also very useful when the skin is exposed to very dry air, such as on airplane.
Thermal spring water helps soothe and soften skin, and prevent irritation.
It is also an excellent product for setting makeup and reducing the powdery look of foundation.