Rosacea update 2018
New scientific evidence has shown that rosacea’s diverse features may be part of a progression of inflammation, which initially may not be visible to the naked eye but can be detected by looking at the changes in the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the skin. It starts with the common presentations of flushing and then stable face redness, and then it may progress to include papules and pustules, and potentially lead to development of external nodules and swellings called phymas.
Research on rosacea has intensified over the last 15 years and it suggests that there will be no simple answers. It seems that, underlying rosacea there is a complex system of disease-causing pathways that include defects in the immune system. Scientific progress in the elucidation of the mechanisms underlying rosacea will continue, but for the time being (and in the near future) there are no easy solutions and rosacea can only be controlled, and not “cured”.
What can you do for yourself?
I know this answer can be annoying for the sufferer of any chronic condition: try to avoid the triggers. The triggers for rosacea are various and changing with time for each person, and many are unavoidable during daily life. Try to avoid hot, crowded spaces, especially if there is cigarette smoke.
What can Skin Actives do for you?
Taking into account the complex causes of rosacea, you can try the following products that address one or more of the factors know to affect rosacea. We hope one or more of these products will help you.
1) Ameliorate inflammation using our anti-inflammatory cream.
2) control redox stress by using our antioxidant serum or antioxidant cream
3) use our rosacea control serum containing epidermal growth factor
4) see if our Celestite spritz (anti-aging hydromist) helps prevent flushing as a response to heat or smoke stress
5) ELS, our “every lipid serum” will help with skin dryness and accelerate recovery
Gallo, Richard L., Granstein, Richard D., Kang, Sewon, Mannis, Mark, Steinhoff, Martin, (Tan, Jerry, Thiboutot, Diane. (2018) Standard classification and pathophysiology of rosacea: The 2017 update by the National Rosacea Society Expert Committee. J. American Acad. Dermatology, 78: 148-155
Holmes, Anna D., Spoendlin, Julia, Chien, Anna L., Baldwin, Hilary, Chang, Anne Lynn S. (2018) Evidence-based update on rosacea comorbidities and their common physiologic pathways J. American Acad. Dermatology, 78: 156-166