April is National Rosacea Awareness Month

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 5:55am

The National Rosacea Society has deemed April as Rosacea Awareness Month, by the National Rosacea Society (NRS). Rosacea is a very common disease that affects 15% to 25% of all people. Diffused redness (early rosacea) refers to a condition caused by dilated capillaries, most commonly affecting the nose, forehead, and cheeks. These enlarged blood vessels do not present themselves as defined vasculature, but rather as a general facial redness, (for example, the often used description of “rosy cheeks”). While there is no cure for Rosacea there are treatment options for controlling and reducing the visual signs of the disorder.

Who gets rosacea?

Anyone of any age, including children, or ethnicity can develop rosacea. However, it most commonly affects adults between the ages of 30 and 60. It tends to affect women (particularly during menopause) more often than men, and generally occurs more frequently among people with fair skin. Genetics could be a factor as people with British, Celtic, Eastern European, Asian and Native American heritages are more likely to have rosacea. 

What causes Rosacea?

Doctors and researchers are unsure what exactly causes rosacea. Many, however, believe that rosacea stems from a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. Links to certain foods and activities that increase blood flow to the surface of the skin have been found to act as triggers of rosacea. Hot foods or beverages, spicy foods, alcohol, extreme temperatures, not the right skin care, prolonged sun exposure, stress, anger or embarrassment, low stomach acid and ulcers, pregnancy, childbirth, oral contraceptives, and drugs that dilate blood vessels, such as certain blood pressure medications are all triggers of rosacea.

Medical Treatments for Rosacea?

Quite often Dermatologists recommend a combination of treatments tailored to the individual patient. These treatments can stop the progress of rosacea and sometimes reverse it. Prescription creams, lotions, washes, gels, and pads that contain various topical antibiotics, metronidazole (ex: Metrogel®, Noritate®), ivermectin (Rosiver®), azelaic acid (Fiancea®), benzoyl peroxide, and retinoids are the most common therapies. Oral antibiotics (ex: tetracycline/minocycline/doxycycline) tend to produce faster results than topical medications. New low-dose, slow release “subantimicrobial antibiotics” which really work mainly as anti-inflammatory medication such as Apprilon® (Doxycycline 40mg) have come to market and are very beneficial for the acne/pimple component of rosacea as well as for ocular (eye) rosacea. Occasionally, low dose oral isotretinoin (e.g. Accutane® or Epuris®) is used successfully. Cortisone creams may reduce the redness and discomfort of rosacea; however, they should not be used for longer than two weeks since they can cause flare-ups upon discontinuation. Just a reminder there is no cure for Rosacea, only a management of lifestyle and medications can help control it.

Clinical Treatments for Rosacea

  • IPL (intense pulsed light) - to close off the dilated blood vessels
  • Skin Classic (electrodessication) - with a small electric needle 
  • LED (light emitting diode) - a very gentle treatment and recommended for chronically inflamed skin
  • Elapromed (transdermalporation) - microcurrent treatment to infused healing botanicals into the skin
  • Microneedling (collagen induction therapy) - increases collgen production to minimize diffused redness


**If you feel you may be suffering from rosacea, it is best to consult with your dermatologist for a correct diagnosis. Consult with a medical esthetician to help repair and rebuild skin health if you chose not to go the prescription route. It is important to commence treatment for this condition before it progresses.

To kick start this month long Rosacea Awareness focus I'm highlighting a combination of skin products that can be used to effectively improve the diffused redness in your skin. MBK Clinical Skincare Solutions Rosacea Management products will help repair and rebuild the surrounding tissue and ensure good structural integrity of the skin and capillary walls. There are a few MBK Cosmetic Solutions products to help conceal diffused redness like green liquid concealer colour corrector.




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