Learn About Rosacea
Rosacea is a skin condition which affects approximately 1 in 10 of the North American and North European population. It tends to affect fair skinned people and it seems to run in families. Symptoms may first appear in your early 20s but the usual age that symptoms appear is in your 30s-60s.
Women are more commonly affected than men. However, rosacea is often less severe in women than in men. It is not usually painful or itchy but some people experience a burning sensation across the affected skin. It is not infectious.
There are four main types of rosacea.
Type 1 Rosacea
People with Sub-type 1 rosacea have very easily irritated skin. It often feels tight and is sensitive. Sub type 1 also tends to have very dry skin. (Dermatology times jan 2014)
The root cause of rosacea, as Dr Anthony Bewley, a consultant dermatologist at Bart’s Hospital in London explained, is a genetic propensity to flush, which is why so many fair-skinned people are sufferers.
"The flushing can be triggered by various factors," – says Dr Bewley – "including alcohol, spicy food, sunlight, vigorous exercise, saunas and steam rooms, or just working hard outside." Frequent flushing exhausts the blood vessels, so that instead of returning to normal they remain dilated, leaving the skin permanently red.
What is Type 1 Rosacea
Facial skin often starts out as dry, dehydrated, sensitive and lacking in natural oils before Rosacea is diagnosed. When the skin functions properly it acts as a barrier against the elements – when it develops rosacea it becomes hypersensitive to internal conditions (including your gut) and external conditions (wind, cold, heat,etc.)
The Finca Sub-Type 1 Serum really helps this type of dry dehydrated skin by replacing natural oils and helping restore the skin barrier back to its natural function. It does so in a natural and gentle way without any harsh ingredients which only exacerbate the problem. With the help of Finca Skin Organics Type 1 Serum you can begin to live life with self assurance and confidence.
Further help for Rosacea Type 1 is also described in the treatments section of our website.
What Is Type 2 Rosacea
In the second stage of the condition Rosacea Sub-type 2 , the blood vessels may begin to leak white blood cells, producing the characteristic papules or white pimples. And for some people the the condition is also characterised by excess sebum or oil production blocking the follicle, causing spots.
This Sub-type is often seen after Type 1 or in combination with Type 1 rosacea.
Rosacea Sub-type 2 - is also associated with a skin mite called Demodex folliculorum, which lives on 60 to 90 per cent of humans, but is apparently more numerous on the skin of people with Rosacea - up to 6 times more mites on type 2 sufferers than on normal skin. There is some thinking that it is these skin mites which help bring about the pustules.
The signs and symptoms can progress from mild to severe, which makes it very important to treat pustular rosacea early in its course.
The good news is that sub type 2 is the type of rosacea that responds most easily to treatment. Finca skin organics has developed a serum specifically for sub type 2 rosacea and our customers tell us that it ‘is lifechanging’.
In the third and most serious stage, sufferers can experience a disfiguring swelling of the nose called Rhinophyma.
This is a complication of rosacea that occurs rarely, and mostly in male sufferers. It is caused by an overgrowth of the oil glands of the nose giving it an enlarged and distorted appearance called Rhinophyma. This is a very distressing condition. Inappropriate terms such as ‘clown nose’, and ‘whiskey nose’ have been used to in the past to describe Rhinophyma. This distortion of the nose is much more common in men. Early stages are characterised by ‘peau d’orange’ where the skin has the texture of orange peel.
Finca type 2 serum is suitable for both A and B above as it helps control production of sebum.
Sub type 4
Eye irritation – ocular rosacea.
About 50% of people with rosacea are affected by ocular (eye) rosacea. They get itchy eyes and inflammation around the lashes. They may also get conjunctivitis.
Below is a list of common symptoms
- Watery, dry or irritated eyes
- Burning or stinging
- Light sensitivity
- The feeling that there is something in the eye
- Grittiness at the root of the eyelashes; and
- Ulcers on their cornea.
People may develop ocular rosacea many years before it develops on the skin of the face.
Treatments include Dry Eye Drops and Dry Eye Spray. Click below to find out more.