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Microdermabrasion & Rosacea

Symptoms of rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition that affects millions of people each year. Approximately 5% of the adult population of the USA are affected by rosacea at some point in their life. The primary symptom of rosacea is a red flushing of the skin that is technically known as erythema.


The four areas primarily affected by rosacea are the: microdermabrasion_rosacea

  • Cheeks
  • Forehead
  • Nose
  • Chin

Rosacea is very similar in appearance to acne, although they are completely unconnected. The easiest way to tell the difference between rosacea and acne is the complete absence of black and white heads in the former.

Other than redness on the facial skin, rosacea often causes an itching sensation that is uncomfortable for the sufferer. As rosacea progresses bumps and visible blood vessels can appear on the face and in severe cases this can lead to swelling and even bloodshot eyes. If rosacea persists, this can lead to a thickening of the skin.

Causes of rosacea

The exact causes of rosacea remain unknown although it is believed that this is a blood vessel related skin condition that only affects white people with particularly light skin. It appears that sufferers of rosacea have particularly sensitive skin that is prone to the inflammation of facial blood vessels leading to the primary symptoms of redness.

Unlike acne, rosacea doesn’t affect young people but rather adults between the ages of 30-60. Although rosacea is more common in women, male sufferers of rosacea tend to get stronger symptoms.

Rosacea is believed to be triggered by any number of external causes including:rosacea_microdermabrasion

  • Temperature
  • Exercise
  • Spicy food
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine

Microdermabrasion and rosacea

Microdermabrasion is not always a good treatment for rosacea. Unlike other conditions such as acne, acne scars or stretch marks, the benefits of microdermabrasion for rosacea are complicated.

Although microdermabrasion peels can be effective against some cases of rosacea, it is generally unadvisable to to undergo facial microdermabrasion to treat rosacea. In fact, microdermabrasion can often make rosacea worse.

Rosacea is a skin condition that exists in the superficial vascular layer of skin. Microdermabrasion works by disrupting this same layer of skin. Unlike other skin conditions, however, this disruption is likely to trigger off more negative reactions leading to worsened rosacea.

Rosacea appears when blood vessels are already dilated. The way to eradicate rosacea is to find a way to get the blood vessels back to their normal size. Microdermabrasion, however doesn’t allow this process to happen because it disrupts that layer of skin.

Some rosacea sufferers who have tried microdermabrasion products experience temporary improvements followed by exacerbated symptoms due to microdermabrasion.

In general it is only advisable to undergo microdermabrasion upon the advice of a dermatologist who can assess your particular skin condition accurately to find out if microdermabrasion will be beneficial.

Treating rosacea

In the absence of a definitive treatment for rosacea, the best thing to do is identify your triggers and avoid them. This takes time, however, in the long term is very helpful at reducing rosacea outbreaks. Rosacea suffers should be careful not to overexpose their skin to the sun and to implement a gentle skin care program that is non abrasive.