How The Estheticians Do It: Rosacea

 

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition with no known cure.  It is most common in people of Irish, Scandinavian, and Eastern European dissent. The most common symptoms of Rosacea are redness, small bumps or pimples on the face.  It can also cause burning and a thickening of the skin. In some cases it can even effect the eyes. Its most common in women ages 30 and up. However men can suffer as well. Rosacea is NOT the same as acne but it can cause acneic breakouts.

So what can we do to control these symptoms?

The first line of defense is to get diagnosed by a dermatologist and see if you truly have Rosacea.  My personal experience with Rosacea has been difficult and long. I under went treatment from a doctor and I still have prescriptions when needed. The most common treatments are oral antibiotics and topical treatments such as metronidazole, bimonidine and azelaic acid.  As with all medications there are side effects and I have found other ways to treat my Rosacea. But in many cases combining prescriptions with proper skin care is key to controlling flare ups. I have found less is better when dealing with Rosacea. Growing up in a large Irish family I’ve seen first hand how horrible it can be if left untreated.  My grandmother would say “its your Irish coming out” but as a young person I never understood what that meant. I do now and my goal is to keep the red away as much as possible.  My skin has been my reason for becoming a Esthetician and it has given me the ability to manage my condition. There are no miracles or magic potions ( although P50 comes close ) but there are lots of options available. 

Most effective treatments:

  • IPL or Laser Treatments to help reduce skin redness and inflammation.
  • Electrical Currents which help to increase circulation and stimulate collagen production.  Collagen production you will help to alleviate and reduce most redness and inflammation in the skin.
  • Microdermabrasion. I know it may seem harsh but it helps to facilitate new skin growth as well as stimulate lymph drainage.

Then of course there’s your home care routine.  I have found many products to help with Rosacea but by far my most helpful has been the Biologique Recherché skin care line.  They have botanical plant based ingredients that focus on balancing the skin.  Their products are paraben free with no artificial fragrances.

My top choices of products are:

  • Lait U: This cleanser is plant based with no fragrance and gentle enough for the most sensitive skin cleansing milk.
  • P50 V 1970: this balancing lotion is loaded with exfoliating ingredients to slough off dead cells and stimulate skin growth.  I personally started with the P50 V 1970 then eventually graduated to the original P50 1970 (the most effective formula).  Acids have the most effect on Rosacea due to their balancing of the ph of the epidermis. 
  • At least once a week (after P50) I use Mask Vivant and Mask Vernix  to balance and calm the skin. Pro Tip: I mix them for optimal results! 
  • Serums are my next choice due to their ability to penetrate deeper into the skin sans residue.  My favorites are Amniotique E. for its soothing and hydrating properties, and Serum Erythros which helps to strengthen the capillaries with B vitamins.
  • Daytime: Follow up with Emulsion Biosensible Gel S.R. which has hylarounic acid to hydrate and build collagen as well as regulate your sebum production.
    Since excess sebum is the cause of breakouts associated with Rosacea this is ideal.  Last but most important is SPF.  My favorite is the Jan Marini SPF 33.  This SPF is light in nature and is gentle enough to use around the eye area. 
  • Night: I opt for Environ C-Quence cream for bedtime.  Vitamin C helps build collagen and diffuse redness.  By adding vitamin C and vitamin A you will build new cells on a daily basis without the harshness of traditional retinol (vitamin A) products.

Things to avoid:

  • The sun! Use SPF diligently to prevent damage and aggravation.
  • Extreme temperatures. Hot and cold (PS always use lukewarm water on the face.)
  • Avoiding alcohol helps, although it is NOT the cause of Rosacea. 
  • Spicy foods.
  • Harsh products/scrubbing.  These things will only inflame your blood vessels.

Of course there are more things that can trigger flare ups such as stress. I’ve found the best line of defense is to be consistent with treatments and home care. There may be no cure, but there is relief out there.  Come to see me or any of our talented Estheticians who can help to make a treatment plan for your specific needs.  I hope this was helpful to all my fellow Rosacea sufferers.  I am living proof that there is a way to treat and balance your skin!

Best Regards,

Esthetician ~ Connie Henry

 

Relax and recharge with a well deserved daycation at Rescue Spa…

Look and feel as though you’ve just spent a week on an exotic resort.
~

We’ve all been there.  You’re a slave to the daily grind and the only escape you can imagine is a far flung exotic vacation.  Perhaps your instagram feed full of pristine beaches and tropical cocktails is to blame.  Before you clear a week from your schedule and travel half way around the world do yourself and your wallet a favor by booking a spa daycation!  Yes, a rejuvenating haven exists in Center City.  Allow us to show you the way…

Start things off with a  Scrub & Rub body treatment.  An invigorating full body exfoliation to detoxify and enhance.  Next, prepare to unwind with a sense enhancing aromatherapy massage.  Aromatic oils and light touch restore balance and harmony to mind and body.  Your esthetician of choice will leave your skin absolutely radiant with a Rescue Full Spectrum Facial.  Microdermabrasion, micro-currents, and LED Light Therapy light therapy to encourage cell regeneration, enhance elastin production, as well as immediately tone and lift the skin.  This head-to-toe experience even leaves your hands and feet pampered as they receive a Ultimate Manicure and Pedicure with rejuvenating mask and relaxing massage.  Choose trend color from our extensive collection of designer lacquers.  After a few mere hours spent at Rescue Spa you will look and feel if you just spent a week on an exotic resort… and emerge fully relaxed, newly improved and with a luminous glow.
DIY daycation – the Ritual

To begin unwind with an epsom salt soak.  Adding a few cups of epsom salt to warm bath water aids in exfoliating skin and soothes sore muscles.  Another great relaxation tool is self massage.  Warm your preferred oil and spend at least 15-20 minutes mindfully massaging the body, paying particular attention to the hands and feet.  This will help stimulate various reflexology and pressure points linked to various body parts.  There is good reason that massage has globally been an essential component of well being and vitality for centuries.We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again.  A daily skin care routine is essential.  Daily maintenance and diligence allow for luminous results, now and for years to come.  Boost your regimen once a week by performing your own facial following these steps:

1.  Double cleanse.  Massage Lait VIP O2 onto dry skin (over makeup) for a good sixty seconds. Splash. Emulsify.  Remove with a warm wet wash cloth or Konjac.  Repeat.

2.  Tone/Exfoliate/Hydrate/Balance:  Biologique Recherche P50 1970 exfoliating toner to a cotton into skin in an upward motion, repeating until the pad comes away clean.  This step alone is a game changer.  Try this technique on half of your face in order to truly observe the lifting results.

  • ***Do a double pass.  This allows for your skin to really absorb the benefits of P50 1970, which in turn prepares the skin for the next step…

3.  Mask.  Mixing Masque Vivant with Masque VIP O2  is a favorite of many beauty editors, is suitable for does double duty allowing skin to reap the brightening benefits of VIP 02 as well as the purifying benefits of Vivant.

4.  Massage.  Spend 5 minutes massaging the face with Valmont Renewing Pack in order to increase circulation.

5.  Replenish.  Follow with the serum of your choice.  For added results, mix and match multiple serums to address multiple concerns.

  • Oily Skin:  Complexe Iribiol.
  • Redness & Rosacea:  Serum Erythros.
  • Hyperpigmentation:  Super “H” Serum by 3Lab.
  • Hydration & Glow:  Use Serum Fluide VIP O2 as a finishing
    serum to seal in hydration and oxygenation. Excellent for all skin
    types and extremely important for city dwellers!

6.  Moisturize.  Apply your preferred moisturizer.

*Please feel free to contact shop@rescuespa.net for a tailored recommendation.

NEW at RESCUE! SERUM ERYTHROS…

“Reduces redness and inflammation”

A targeted serum that eases diffuse redness of the face and tends to reduce the skin bloodstream and the formation of new blood vessels. Recommended for Skin Instants with rosacea tendency and sensitive.

Biologique Recherche’s Sérum Erythros helps fight the symptoms of erythrotelangiectasia (mild to moderate erythema with a visible telangiectatic network); although the symptoms cannot be cured, they can be eased. This Targeted Serum acts simultaneously on the causes of vascular dilation, the formation and propagation of new blood vessels, inflammation, and visible redness. The selected agents, plant-based or biotechnological, have all been objectively identified for their action on Skin Instants that are prone to rosacea and are extremely sensitive.