Millions of people suffer from rosacea, causing both physical discomfort (redness, swelling, itching, burning) as well as emotional discomfort with the visible effects of this common skin condition. Patients who have rosacea know that, unfortunately, it can flare up at any time.
Common rosacea triggers include too much sun exposure, harsh weather, certain foods, and alcohol-based products. Fortunately, treatments for rosacea have greatly improved and there are several options for both alleviating active flare-ups and reducing the occurrence of new ones.
1. Schedule a professional consultation with a licensed, medical aesthetician.
In today’s world, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with information on the internet, especially when it comes to skin and beauty. Yet, for skincare to be effective, it’s essential to have a custom program tailored to the needs of your skin, especially when it comes to a sensitive skin condition like rosacea.
Luminary’s medical aesthetician, Gina Osbeck, has nearly 20 years of professional experience in providing effective skin treatments and creating custom skin regimens. Many of our clients are amazed at the results they experience following Gina’s personalized regimens.
2. Eat a diet rich in antioxidants and nutrition.
Rosacea is a type of inflammatory skin condition. Antioxidants, phytonutrients, and superior nutrition are Mother Nature’s way of providing your body with all of the healing compounds it needs to reduce inflammation and heal from the inside out.
Many sufferers of rosacea have noticed specific dietary triggers for flare-ups, such as spicy foods, fermented foods and alcohol. When you consistently eat a primarily plant-based diet brimming with vitality and nutrition, it will help your skin look more beautiful and can help reduce the frequency and severity of rosacea flare-ups.
3. Aim to manage stress in a healthy way
A little bit of stress is positive and healthy; it propels us on in life to be a better person, cultivate our careers and relationships and hone our skills. However, too much stress has been found time and again to have negative effects on physical and mental health.
When it comes to rosacea, excessive stress triggers a toxic cycle of increased cortisol (our primary stress hormone), leading to greater inflammation and auto-immune response.
So it’s critical to get enough sleep (7 to 8 hours), exercise and manage stress through positive outlets like yoga, tai chi, meditation, prayer, breathing exercises, spirituality, counseling and other positive outlets. On the other hand, it’s equally important to avoid negative outlets for stress such as drugs and alcohol, overeating/poor dietary choices, excessive screen time and other activities that increase the stress/cortisol cycle.
4. Invest in professional quality skincare products.
Using top quality skincare products is absolutely essential for helping both improve rosacea symptoms and reducing flare-ups. Many times, people inadvertently exacerbate their rosacea by using skincare products with hidden, toxic ingredients that promote inflammation in the skin, increase dryness and irritation and have other harmful effects.
That’s why at Luminary, we only use the medical grade skincare products available through ZO Skin health. Our entire staff uses only ZO products ourselves because they have the highest quality ingredients in the industry, and they also have an extensive product line that allows regimens to be completely tailored to each and every skin type and condition.
Investing in medical grade skincare products can help to calm your rosacea. We highly recommend that you come into our office for a complete and thorough skin consultation so we can develop your personal plan. We also offer virtual consults, which can be scheduled through our front office.
5. Consider Broadband Light Laser treatment, such as Sciton Forever Young BBL
While all the above steps are very helpful for minimizing and preventing rosacea breakouts, the gold standard in our medical practice for jumpstarting your skin’s healing process is the Sciton Forever Young BBL (Broadband Light). BBL has powerful results for treating vascular concerns like rosacea.
Broadband light laser works by sending a range of intense light wavelength into pigmented areas and visible blood vessels, specifically targeting chromophores, which are the parts of the molecules that carry pigment.
This laser light stimulates your body’s own intrinsic healing process, improving the overall health and appearance of the skin and minimizing redness. Combined with an optimal skincare regimen, we’ve seen patients experience vast improvements in conditions like rosacea.
Luminary Cosmetic Medicine & Hair Restoration serves clients in the greater Philadelphia and South Jersey area. We are proud of our 100% 5-star approval rating and we invite you to schedule a free consultation with at our Linwood, NJ location or Philadelphia, PA location today.