Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that primarily affects the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. While early signs include intermittent redness or blushing, over time, the redness may become persistent and more visible. Occasionally rosacea may involve the eyes resulting in bloodshot eyes that feel gritty.
The Stratum Corneum is the outermost layer of our skin and is a protective barrier to the external environment. On top of the Stratum Corneum is a thin film of sebum and sweat that forms the acid mantle. The acid mantle is both a physical and chemical barrier that provides a crucial part of the skin’s defense mechanism and if it is disrupted makes the skin becomes more permeable to microorganisms (such as bacteria), harsh chemicals, and pollutants resulting in redness and inflammation.
The goal of treatment for Rosacea is to improve the natural protective function of the skin so that it becomes soft, soothed and restored.