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3 Products That Will Transform Your Rosacea-Prone Skin Forever

Is your skin itchy, flushed and inflamed? We’ll spare you the preamble about how difficult to manage rosacea can be because if you are affected by this condition – and approximately 10% of the UK population are- you know this. However, building a proper skincare routine can go a long way in helping you keep minimise your flare-ups and restore your skin health. Here are the products that are specifically designed to tackle rosacea symptoms and ease your skin woes:

#Sun protection

Did you know that the sun ranks as the top trigger for rosacea flare-ups? Protecting your skin from the harmful ultraviolet radiation is key not only to easing rosacea symptoms, but also to preserving your skin’s youthful appearance.

oclipse-c Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 ZO Medical, rosace-prone skin

Oclipse-C™ SPF 50 is the perfect solution for sensitive, rosacea-prone skin. It provides a non-irritating mineral protection against UVA, UVB, HEV and IR-A rays, while its slow-release antioxidants complex supports the healthy skin barrier function.

#Cleansing

Rosacea, similar to acne, is a disease within the skin’s pilosebaceous glands, so keeping your skin free from excess sebum will also help to stave off your flare-ups. However, harsh cleansing products and abrasive exfoliators can cause further damage to your skin barrier function and irritate your skin.

ZO Medical Rozatrol Rosacea treatment, rosacea-prone skin

So, what’s the alternative? Rozatrol™ is an ultra-mild enzymatic exfoliator that cleans and prevents excess sebum production. It not only cleans your skin thoroughly but also reliefs existing redness and inflammation thanks to its amino acid complex.

#Hydration

Rosacea disrupts the healthy functions of the skin’s protective barrier which causes the skin to lose its natural moisture and be more susceptible to environmental stressors. That is why you need to include a powerful hydrator in your routine and help your skin retain as much of its natural hydration as possible.

RESTORACALM Soothing Recovery Crème, rosacea-prone skin

For a quick flare-up relief, use the Restoracalm™ soothing recovery cream. It provides immediate comfort to dry, flushed skin and stimulates the natural restoration of the skin barrier. Restoracalm™ has been developed with silk sericin protein to support skin’s recovery process and prevent future irritation and signs of ageing.

5 Big Fat Rosacea Myths You Need to Stop Believeing Now

Rosacea affects 1 in 10 people in the UK and yet there is hardly any other skin condition that has been misdiagnosed and mismanaged as frequently. Because of the variety and complexity of its symptoms, theories and a fair share of myths, abound as to what causes and exacerbates rosacea flare-ups. Separating fact from fiction can go a long way in helping you keep your symptoms at bay, so here are some the biggest rosacea myths out there and the truth behind each of them:

Myth #1: Rosacea is caused by poor hygiene

rosacea myths, poor hygiene

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disease within the pilosebaceous glands of the skin and has nothing to do with hygiene. In fact, using harsh cleansing products and over-exfoliating your face can exacerbate your symptoms and cause further damage to your skin’s protective barrier. To keep skin clean and healthy use gentle, nutrient-rich products that are specifically formulated for rosacea-prone skin.

Myth #2: Rosacea is contagious

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Rosacea is not an infectious disease, so you won’t catch it from coming into contact with someone else that has it. However, rosacea runs in families and people from some nationalities are more likely to develop the disorder than others.

Myth #3: Caffeine Triggers Flare-Ups

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No, you don’t have to give up your morning coffee to stave off your rosacea. According to researchers, it isn’t the caffeine in tea and coffee that may trigger the flare-ups, but rather the heat of the beverages.

Myth #4: Rosacea is caused by heavy drinking

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Despite the common heavy drinker stereotype, someone who has never had a drink in their life can develop rosacea just as easily as someone who enjoys a nightly glass of wine. For many rosacea sufferers alcohol is a proven flare-up trigger, but it has nothing to do with the original development of the condition.

Myth #5: Rosacea Can Be Cured

No matter what “miracle solution” you’ve heard of, there is no cure for rosacea. It is possible to get your symptoms under control and prevent flare-ups, but a permanent solution does not exist (yet).

Do I have Rosacea? 5 Signs & Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

rosacea signs and symptoms

Did you know that one in ten people in the UK suffer from rosacea, but many of them aren’t aware of it? It can be difficult to distinguish between rosacea and other skin conditions such as acne, allergic reactions and dermatitis because of their similar and often overlapping symptoms. Here’s what you need to know to tell if it’s rosacea or something else:

What is rosacea?

rosacea signs and symptoms

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin that makes you blush more easily than other people. Other symptoms associated with rosacea include permanent redness, hot flushes, spots and thread veins. The redness usually appears on the forehead, nose and cheeks but it can also spread to the back, chest and ears. People affected by rosacea tend to have easily irritable skin and can’t tolerate a variety of skincare products.

What causes it?

The exact cause of rosacea is currently unknown, but skin experts agree that the blood vessels within the skin of rosacea sufferers are unstable and more reactive than average, which is the reason why those who have the condition blush so easily.

Who is likely to get rosacea?

rosacea signs and symptoms

Rosacea can affect all skin types and all age groups, however, it is most common in people with fair skin, particularly those of English, Irish and Scottish descent. Even though rosacea usually affects adults between the ages of 30 and 50, it can also be seen in teenagers and children.

Rosacea signs and symptoms

rosacea signs and symtoms

Rosacea comes in several different forms and its symptoms and severity can vary widely from one person to another. However, the most common rosacea signs you shouldn’t ignore include:

  • Flushing–when your skin turns red for a brief period of time, usually a few minutes.
  • Persistent redness–that looks like a sunburn or a stubborn rash.
  • Visible blood vessels in the skin
  • Thickened skin
  • Persistent round red bumps on the face

Can you cure rosacea permanently?

Unfortunately, there is no permanent solution for rosacea at the moment, but you can keep your symptoms at bay by identifying your triggers and avoiding them whenever possible.

Skincare

A proper skincare routine can greatly help you to reduce your flare-ups and restore the healthy functions of your skin barrier.

ZO Medical Rozatrol Rosacea treatment

Rozatrol™ is a multi-modal normalising serum treatment that targets all visible symptoms of rosacea and provides instant relief for red, sensitised skin. Rozatrol™ is formulated with amino acids and enzymes that restore skin’s healthy vascular functions, while its oil-control complex prevents excess sebum production and replenishes skin’ hydration levels.

 

Rosacea treatment diet

Dealing with rosacea flare-ups is no fun unless you enjoy unpredictable face flushing, painful irritation and hypersensitivity. No? Unfortunately, there is no permanent solution for rosacea, so one of the only reliable ways to get a grip on your condition is to pinpoint the triggers and avoid them whenever possible. Proper diet and a good skincare routine can help you reduce your flare-ups and keep your skin calm and happy. Here are the dos and don’ts of your rosacea diet:

Foods to Avoid:

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Citrus fruits that are high in histamine such as lemons, oranges and grapefruits. Histamine dilates blood vessels and increases the blood flow near the surface of your skin which makes your face look red and flushed.

Warming spices such as ginger, cumin and black pepper.

Soft drinks and foods that contain high levels of glucose such as biscuits, dried fruits and chocolate. Glucose has a similar effect on the skin as histamine; it causes blood vessels to dilate and triggers facial flushing. Starchy and sugary foods also stimulate the overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut which can cause further inflammation and exacerbate your symptoms.

Pickled, fermented or smoked foods like pickled beets, smoked meats and old fermented cheeses such as blue cheese and Roquefort.

Alcohol and hot beverages.

Foods to Eat:

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High-fibre foods such as lentils, asparagus and kale encourage the growth of good bacteria in the gut and help keep your skin inflammation-free.

Sources of Omega-3 fatty acids like wild salmon, walnuts and flax seeds that also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Deeply pigmented fruits like blueberries, strawberries and cherries are extremely rich in antioxidants and provide a powerful defence against pollutants and free radicals.

Soothing spices like fennel, saffron, parsley and cardamom.

Lean protein sources such as chicken and turkey.

How to calm rosacea flare ups

Winter brings its own set of skincare challenges especially if you’re one of the 1 in 10 people who suffer from rosacea. Keeping rosacea flare-ups under control in normal conditions is difficult enough as triggers are many and varied. But when you throw arctic winds, indoor heating and low humidity into the mix, it gets even more challenging to soothe your temperamental skin.

So, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite tips and products to help you beat the discomfort and how to calm rosacea flare-up during the chilly weather and keep your rosacea symptoms at bay:

#1 Avoid long, hot showers

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So hard to do in the winter months, but necessary if you want to combat face flushing. Hot water strips the skin from its natural oils and moisture, so after a day of braving the cold, the last thing you want to do to your sensitive face is put it under a steaming hot shower.

#2 Cover up

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Limit your cold exposure as much as you can. Infinity scarves are not only a good fashion choice, but you can pull them up and protect your face from the biting wind. When you suffer from rosacea, you always want to avoid dramatic changes in your body temperature. Try to layer your outfit, so you can quickly peel off when you start to feel too warm, after coming into a heated building from frosty outdoors.

#3 Turn the thermostat down

rosacea flare-ups, central heating, dry air

With freezing temperatures outside, it’s tempting to turn up the heating and snuggle up, when you get home. However, dry warm air doesn’t do your irritable skin any good. Instead of cranking up the heat, put on the humidifier. If you don’t have a central one, you can buy a portable humidifier or just put a bowl of water next to your radiators. It will put the much-needed moisture back in the air.

Revamp your rosacea skincare routine for winter

Choosing the right products for your winter routine is the most important part of your flare-up management. Any abrasive products can further irritate your already sensitive skin, so forget about scrubs, cleansing powders, and aggressive exfoliators. A good rosacea routine should consist of the following steps:

Protection

It might be tempting to skip sunscreen when the thermometer dips down below freezing, but just because you don’t feel the sun as much as you do in the summer, it doesn’t mean the UV rays are not damaging your skin.

oclipse-c Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 ZO Medical
Oclipse-C™ is a non-irritating, mineral SPF 50 sunscreen, developed to protect the most sensitive skin types. It shields your skin from UVA, UVB, HEV and IR-A rays and supports its natural barrier function thanks to a slow-release antioxidant complex. Use daily to prevent your cheeks from turning red this winter.

Cleansing

If your skin is rosacea-prone, you need to be extra careful when choosing your cleansing products. Even the ones labelled for “sensitive” skin can cause irritation.

ZO Medical Rozatrol Rosacea Treatment

Rozatrol™ is an enzymatic exfoliator which provides ultra-mild cleanse and prevents excess sebum production. This little tube can be a lifesaver for anyone struggling with rosacea flare-ups. It not only cleans your skin thoroughly but also reliefs existing redness and inflammation thanks to its amino acid complex.

Hydration

The last step in your winter routine is the most obvious one…Hydration. At this time of the year, you want to give your skin a major hydration boost and lock in as much moisture as you can.

RESTORACALM Soothing Recovery Crème

For a quick flare-up relief, use the Restoracalm™ soothing recovery cream. It provides immediate comfort to dry, flushed skin and stimulates the natural restoration of the skin barrier. Restoracalm™ has been developed with silk sericin protein to support skin’s recovery process and prevent future irritation and signs of ageing.

ZO Symposium

Wigmore Medical are holding their fifth annual ZO Symposium at FACE 2017. This is a unique forum for industry leaders, including Dr Zein Obagi, to introduce their latest research, breakthroughs and advances in the science of skin care and health.

The ZO Symposium allows us to highlight all the latest products, techniques and results from the 2017 ZO Skin Health range. We are a brand that is consistently developing to the needs of the modern day patient and with that, a selection of new products have been launched in 2017.

The science and history of ZO Skin Health is always important to remember and who better than to tell us all about the range than Dr Zein Obagi himself.

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What Can you Expect From This Symposium?

  • Leading Speakers
  • Skincare expertise
  • New Product launches
  • Treatment Options
  • Advanced Techniques
  • Live demonstrations
  • Product offers
  • Networking opportunity
ZO Symposium Schedule
Time
Topic
Speaker(s)
09.30 – 11.00 The latest advances in skin science and skin health restoration Dr Zein Obagi
11.30 – 12.30 Rozatrol and the clinical trials Dr Rachael Eckel
12.30 – 13.00 Old Dog New Tricks: How to get the most out of the existing products Dr Rachael Eckel

 

14.30 – 15.30 ZO Portfolio Expansion: Cellulite Control, Pore Refiner, Sheer Tone and Oclipse-C (Gen 2) Dr Rachel Eckel
15.30 – 16.15 Spotlight on Acne Dr Kannan Athreya
16.15 – 17.00 Tackling Hyper-Pigmentation with a focus on Melasma Dr Anamica Prasad
17.00 – 17.30 Q&A With Panel Dr Rachael Eckel, Dr Kannan Athreya, Dr Anamica Prasad, Dr John Tanqueray

To attend the ZO Symposium please register your interest by emailing events@wigmoremedical.com and you will then receive instructions on which FACE pass to purchase to gain access to this exclusive event.

How Severe is Your Acne?

Everyone has heard of acne but did you know there are different types and levels of severity to it? Spots appear when your pores get clogged and filled with sebum and dead skin cells. But not all experience the same level of this condition. acne

The 4 Stages of Acne

  • Mild 

The first stage usually presents a small concentration of pimples or blackheads or a combination of both on the skin. Inflammation is not usually associated with it and it does not happen on a daily basis.

  • Moderate 

It occurs in men and women at any age. Blackheads, pustules, papules and pimples may form on the skin. It occurs more frequently and with more redness or inflammation around the affected area.

  • Moderate-severe

Inflammation is the most obvious change in the third stage. The area becomes red, irritated and inflamed. Cysts, papules and nodules may also be present.

  • Severe 

This stage is extremely painful with numerous pustules, cysts, papules and nodules in the affected area or in various parts of the body.

ZO Skin Health and Medical offers a wide range of products designed to remove oil, normalise pore size, help smooth skin’s surface, and reduce inflammation and irritation.

How Dr Obagi Treats Skin Inflammation

Skin inflammation is commonly regarded as something negative, however, this is not necessarily always the case. Inflammation is caused by many factors from disease, bacteria and irritants to UV light and even your diet. These elements force the body to fight back, which is where inflammation or specifically acute inflammation occurs. This fight is essential to keeping the body healthy. However, if acute inflammation loses the fight, it will convert to chronic inflammation, which is destructive to your body’s organs. Chronic inflammation causes cellular dysfunction, alteration of skin texture, true sensitivity, dyschromia, poor response to treatment, poor healing and accelerated ageing. This is why Dr Obagi decided to find a way to tackle it.

dealing with skin inflammation

Treating Skin Inflammation

Understanding and treating inflammation is complex. Traditional practice in current skincare has not addressed inflammation, though it is a major factor in a variety of skin problems. Medically, practitioners often treat the symptoms rather than identifying and treating the cause.

Dr Obagi has observed violent and prolonged inflammatory response to certain topical agents in some patients. While other patients demonstrated minimal to no reaction to the same agents. These observations inspired him to add anti-irritant ingredients to his skin health restoration products. Proper topical anti-inflammatory agents can be helpful in reducing skin inflammation. These agents are incorporated in most new formulations of ZO® Medical and ZO® Skin Health products and have greatly diminished the violent response from agent-induced skin inflammation.

If acute inflammation is not treated, chronic inflammation will follow. So, to arrest or eliminate chronic skin inflammation, it is necessary to create a 2-6 week phase of acute inflammation by applying the proper concentration, frequency and amount of topical agents. This process enables skin to generate a natural mechanism designed to stop the acute inflammation as well as prevent and eliminate chronic inflammation.

Every patient in Dr Obagi’s practice – whether with acne, rosacea, melasma, sun damage, ageing or textural abnormality – is started with a 2-6 week course of induced acute inflammation known as the ‘Repair Phase’. The patient will show acute inflammation symptoms (redness, dryness and flaking)  in this phase. This phase is followed by the ‘Improvement Phase’ and, later, by the ‘Completion/Tolerance Phase’. Stabilising topical agents can be used indefinitely to maintain skin health.

On the other hand, medical topical agents should be limited to 3-5 months to avoid resistance, continuing irritation or photosensitivity. Upon termination of medical treatment, a maintenance program can begin. Stabilisation can be achieved using Retinol, antioxidants, DNA repair agents and anti-irritant agents.

The Difference Between Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals

How many times have you looked for reviews online in the hope of finding a cream that really keeps its promises? One of the most common questions, when we try to choose from the hundreds of shiny, little jars is “will it work?”

So, rather than wasting your money over and over again through a trial and error process, we think it would be better to understand the difference between products, before buying them. This way you can ensure you go in with a full knowledge of what different products can do for your skin.cosmeceuticals

Cosmetics vs. Cosmeceuticals

A cosmetic product can only be applied to the outer surface of the skin and so it cannot directly treat a specific disease. It cannot pass through the dermal-epidermal joining, which is the area between the epidermis and dermis. However, it can maintain, protect, clean, add fragrance to, and change the appearance of any area of the epidermis’ surface that it is applied to.

In contrast, cosmeceuticals are able to penetrate the epidermis. The active principles are able to pass through the epidermis and act deep within the dermis. Although, due to its composition, a cosmeceutical product is not classifiable as a drug, despite being formulated with highly active principles.

A product classified as a drug is any substance or combination of substances that has the ability to cure or prevent a specific disease. Its main purpose is to restore, correct or modify the physiological functions through pharmacological action.

Where Can You Find Them

Another difference between cosmetics and cosmeceuticals is where you can purchase them. If a product contains ingredients that can penetrate or change the functioning of the skin, it cannot be sold over the counter. These kinds of products require a medical prescription. When a product must be prescribed by a doctor it is classified as a therapeutic product.

Although cosmeceuticals contain ingredients that can penetrate the skin, they are not classified as therapeutic products. This is because they only have a mild effect on the skin in comparison to the stronger medical products.

Why Not Try ZO

ZO Skin Health products offer a wide range of cosmeceutical solutions. Their purpose is to maintain the results of therapeutic treatments and support daily skin health and protection from the environment.

ZO Medical includes therapeutic solutions that can treat a wide range of skin disorders and chronic conditions. These products can only be provided by skin health professionals.

Redefining Skin Rejuvenation with Dr Zein Obagi

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The Rise in Skin Rejuvenation

The popularity of skin rejuvenation procedures has increased drastically over the past decade. The access patients have via the media and the internet has undeniably had an influence. It has allowed them to become better informed and educated on all the different treatments that can be offered. Furthermore, more practitioners are now offering skin rejuvenation procedures of varying degrees in clinics, salons, spas and even on the High Street.

However, it could be disputed that this wide-spread information has resulted in patients becoming overloaded and overwhelmed with information, leaving them unsure where to start or what treatment to choose for the most effective result. Dr. Zein Obagi explains that in fact, genuine skin rejuvenation cannot work with just one type of procedure or a single topical treatment. Rather, that one should have a collective approach and create a treatment plan.

The Optimal Skin Rejuvenation Plan

Practitioners should design a treatment plan with both short and long-term goals, formulating a topical protocol and overall strategy that is suitable for each patient’s needs. Patients should be made aware of the overall plan and be informed on the reasoning behind each step.

The main objective should be returning the skin to its original state. This can be achieved through the use of topical agents to restore general skin health as well as for the treatment of existing skin conditions (i.e. acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation) when they are present. Procedures such as lasers, energy-based devices, chemical peels, fillers, and/or neurotoxins should be included when topical agents alone cannot completely repair and return the skin to its original state.

Once the skin has been restored, practitioners need to then design a bespoke protocol and treatment plan to ensure the maintenance if the patient’s skin health.


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