SEP 2016

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36 DAYSPA | SEPTEMBER 2016 SPOTLIGHT ON... Rosacea Relief Help clients reduce the redness and discomfort associated with this unique skin disease. By Laura Beliz In what ways does rosacea differ from other skin disorders? Deedee Crossett, owner, Skin on Market, San Francisco: For starters, rosacea should always be medically diagnosed. Studies have shown that people suffering from rosacea have an abnormal response to microbial Demodex mites, which are present on everyone's skin. There's also evidence that it's a vascular disorder, and that 'fl ushing' and increased blood fl ow may thicken the skin. Anything that causes a predisposed rosacea client to fl ush is considered a trigger. I advise these clients to write a daily food and activity journal—maintaining a consistent skincare routine, avoiding stress and being aware of specifi c triggers can dramatically help them keep their skin healthy. Tracy Babini, esthetician, Emerald Springs Spa, Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Although the cause of rosacea is unknown, we do know that there is a correlation between rosacea symptoms and triggers. Flare-ups will be visible for unspecifi ed periods of time, but can also fade when triggers are absent. Rosacea is diffi cult to diagnose; sometimes it mimics acne, but the papules and pustules are not infected. Unfortunately, when the condition is misdiagnosed, those affl icted can end up receiving treatments with harsh ingredients that may further aggravate their condition. J. Scott Berry, owner, J Scott's Skin Care & Day Spa, Leesburg, Florida: Because rosacea can be so challenging to diagnose, I often see clients who have been told they have rosacea but actually have other conditions, such as adult acne, dermatitis, or reactive or sensitive skin. I tend to see more rosacea in Irish, English, Scottish and Native American skin. It's important to ask questions to fi nd out what triggers the redness or fl ushing in each client. The most common triggers are exercise, extreme heat, alcohol (especially wine) and spicy foods—typically anything that causes heat in the body, which is why I like to approach rosacea as if it's a heat allergy (though scientifi cally it's not). Sandra Spahr, esthetician and trainer, Earthsavers Spa, New Orleans: With rosacea, the red fl ushing you see is actually infl ammation in the skin's capillaries. And this fl ushing—including the pimples in acneic rosacea—will remain constant unless you can discover and minimize what's triggering it. The most important thing to remember is that these clients' skin is hypersensitive to any number of internal and external factors. © GETTY IMAGES

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