Saturday, April 17, 2010

Rosacea is on the rise in the UK

Rosacea affects one tenth of the UK population and that number is rising, says the International Dermal Institute.

However, knowing how to treat the condition could help therapists prevent a rise in incidences of the condition, as the weather gets warmer.

Sally Penford, Education Manager for The International Dermal Institute said: “As a global training institution, The International Dermal Institute sees thousands of therapists every year in training and the general opinion is that incidence is on the increase.”

“The warmer temperatures of summer can irritate and exacerbate the condition further and therapists are likely to find more clients suffering from the condition in coming months.”

Penford advised salons and spas to treat rosacea-prone skin as sensitised and avoid formulations including alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus oil, glycerine and heavy weight creams that increase heat in the tissues.

She said: “Try to introduce products that use botanicals such as aloe vera, liquorice, red raspberry and chamomile to help reduce redness.

“These skins would do well with manual lymphatic drainage to increase toxin removal from the tissues and reduce pustular activity.”

The inflammatory skin condition, defined as a vascular disorder, usually affects people between the ages of 30 and 50-years-old.

It causes the facial blood vessels to dilate resulting in redness generally across the cheekbones and nose. Some sufferers develop acne-like symptoms such as facial swelling and spots.

By Sara McCorquodale
April 8, 2010

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