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Managing the Challenge of Rosacea

February 2013

The course of rosacea is prolonged. Recurrences are common and difficult. Rosacea is a skin in trauma and out of balance. When tissue repairs itself, it requires more amino acids for cell proliferation. Peptides are organic chemical compounds composed of one or more basic amino acid groups and one or more acidic carboxyl groups. Select a peptide product that contains palmitoyl-pentapeptide-3 and other peptides with a low molecular weight in the amino acid chain. Peptides are non-irritating and more stable than vitamin C and Retinol. Not only do peptides have the capability to reduce the inflammation associated with rosacea; they reduce the aging factors that compound rosacea sufferers linked with photo-damaged skin. Peptides must be an integral step in treating rosacea skin.

Carbohydrates constitute the main source of energy for all body functions and are required for the metabolism of other nutrients. This is why balanced nutrition is necessary, incorporating non-inflammatory foods augmented with antioxidant supplements help with rosacea skin detoxification.

Treatment of rosacea requires patience from the client and a thorough understanding of the histology, anatomy, and physiology of this disorder in relationship to the skin by the skin care professional. Rosacea is currently incurable; however it is a great skin challenge to treat because much can be done to relieve its signs and symptoms. An important goal for clinical treatment is to limit progression to the more severe, end-stage manifestations of the disease.

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The Redness of Rosacea

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Rosacea was originally described in exacting detail by one of the most prominent doctors of his time, the English dermatologist Robert William (1757 – 1812) who started one of the first institutions focused on skin diseases. Rosacea is a chronic ‘acne form’ disorder of the facial pilosebaceous units, coupled with an increased reactivity of capillaries to heat, leading to flushing, blushing, ultimately causing a vaso-dilation condition called telangiectasia. Rosacea is an extremely common disease that is underreported and often improperly treated. It progresses slowly in stages and in its early forms, is rarely recognized by skin practitioners and all too often missed by medical professionals.

Rosacea is a persistent neurovascular disorder of unknown origin and can be triggered by an indication of blushing or flushing. First studied by Charles Darwin in his book, The Expressions of the Emotions in Man and Animals published in 1872, ‘flushing’ and blushing’ are often used interchangeably, but in fact designate different conditions. Flushing and blushing occurs with equal frequency in persons with skin of color but can be difficult to discern clinically due to skin pigment influences.

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