It is Spring in Georgia and pollen is at record high levels, so we are seeing an increase in rosacea flares. Rosacea is an inflammatory vascular disorder that can present with redness, vessel formation, little bumps, stinging of the skin, and irritation. Rosacea typically occurs on the face around the nose and on the cheeks, but can also present around the mouth, eyes, and décolletage. Typical triggers for a rosacea flare include stress, red wine, spicy foods, heat, cold wind, and pollen, as mentioned above.
We have a lot of tips and tricks for battling this annoying condition. My favorite of which is a vascular laser treatment. The laser works on rosacea by delivering a short burst of light into the treatment area targeting the blood vessels, leading to decreased redness and inflammation. Depending on the size and color, multiple treatments may be needed to achieve desired results and since rosacea is a chronic condition, maintenance treatments may be required. You may experience a few days of redness and swelling, and it is important to avoid sun post-treatment. Our laser nose and cheeks treatment will be on special in April.
Rosacea can also be treated with topicals and oral medications. We have a brand-new topical medication for acne and rosacea called Hamilton DermaScience NiAza Cream. The two main ingredients in this are niacinamide and azelaic acid. Azelaic acid is a powerful antioxidant with calming effects that can improve skin tone, and even out pigmentation. It also has antimicrobial properties so it can be used to treat acne as well as rosacea. Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 that can help improve skin hydration and has anti-inflammatory properties that can improve irritated skin. Another side benefit is that it boosts collagen production to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and can help improve damaged skin. Along with those two key ingredients, NiAza also contains Quassia which helps prevent overgrowth of demodex mites, which can exacerbate rosacea.
I have personally been using this cream for the past couple months to help treat my rosacea and acne. It is a great addition to anyone’s regimen if they are dealing with redness, acne, or just want a nice soothing cream to apply daily. Jazzy has decided to put this product on special in April!