rosacea-cheekAre you noticing a warm, constant glow in the mid-face that doesn’t seem to go away? Does the redness get worse with spicy foods, certain skin care products, or a sip of alcohol? Do you blush easily? You could be developing rosacea.

Rosacea is a skin condition that affects more than 16 million Americans. Most people don’t even realize that they have rosacea, and it is becoming more widespread as the Baby Boomer generation enters the most susceptible age for rosacea to occur.

3 major signs of rosacea are:

Episodic flushing and blushing
A ruddy complexion due to dilated blood vessels
Acne-like pimples

Often confused as an allergic reaction after using certain skin care products, rosacea can appear as an irritation in the form of a burning or stinging sensation. Choosing products that are both anti-aging and non-irritating for the middle-aged female rosacea patient can be tricky because most anti-aging products contain alpha hydroxy acids and retinoids, which are potentially irritating to rosacea. Products rich in antioxidants, however, stand out for helping rosacea as well as slowing down the aging process.

If you think you might have rosacea, see your dermatologist. After an accurate diagnosis is made, therapies may include:

• Cosmeceuticals such as SkinMedica® Redness Relief Complex
• Laser treatments such as IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
• Chemical peels designed to treat adult acne

After your visit to your dermatologist, come see our medical aesthetician who has years of experience treating rosacea and leave the ‘50 shades of red’ to your rosy past!