Do you have a rosy tinge to your cheeks? Dilated blood vessels around your cheeks and nose? But otherwise pale skin? Chances are, you have rosacea.
An inherited condition, rosacea typically presents in patients 25-60 years of age (Cosmetic Dermatology, 2002). In men, symptoms show on the nose, taking on a bulbous appearance known as rhinophyma. In women, it is more common for symptoms to appear first on the cheeks and chin (National Rosacea Society). It can also cause redness on the forehead, chest, back, or neck. Over time, the redness can become more intense, taking on a ruddy appearance.
Rosacea can also affect the eyes, causing them to feel irritated and to appear bloodshot or watery. People with rosacea can also develop red solid bumps and pus-filled pimples.
How To Treat Rosacea
1. Avoid triggers.
According to the National Rosacea Society, each of the following cause rosacea, in the following percentages of patients with rosacea:
- Sun (61%)
- Emotional stress (60%)
- Hot weather (53%)
- Alcohol (45%)
- Spicy foods (43%)
- Strenuous exercise (39%)
- Hot baths (37%)
- Cold weather (36%)
- Hot drinks (36%)
- Skin care products (24%)
2. Supplement lost amino acids.
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown. However, when rosacea occurs, it is known that there is increased action of enzymes called aspartate-, cysteine-, glutamate-, metallo-, serine-, and threonine proteases (Nature, 2011). These proteases disrupt intact chains of amino acids that provide enhanced barrier function and hydration, amongst other functions.
It is possible but not proven that supplementing the skin with amino acids may help to repair these broken amino acid chains in rosacea sufferers. We recommend AminoGenesis Therapeutic Facial Repair.
3. Use a green concealer.
On the color wheel, red is right across from green, meaning that your best chance at achieving neutrality is to use a green-toned concealer on blemishes, followed by a superb flesh-colored concealer.
Rosacea has a great number of possible triggers and causes, but it is known that rosacea tends to run in families and involves the breakdown of chains of amino acids. Though it hasn’t been proven, I recommend using AminoGenesis Therapeutic Facial Repair to re-supplement the skin with intact amino acids!