Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

More Than Skin Deep

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

More Than Skin Deep

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Skin conditions such as rosacea and pigmentation are common.

Wearing a good quality sunblock is essential.

People with rosacea may find dietary changes helpful.

Both conditions will respond to topical treatments.

Clinical treatments such as laser may be necessary to treat pigmentation.

SKIN problems such as rosacea and pigmentation are surprisingly common.

We asked skincare expert Tracey Priestley of SkinMedica about both conditions and how to treat them.

Rosacea

Q: Who suffers from this skin condition that causes redness and flushing and what causes it?

A: Rosacea is commonly found in women between the ages of 30-50. It is sometimes nicknamed the Celtic curse as it seems to affect certain Anglo-Saxon cultural backgrounds who are fairer in complexion. Men also suffer with rosacea and tend to have an acute form of the condition. Little is known on the cause of rosacea, however there are many theories, including vascular, inflammatory and genetic dispositions.

Q: What are the symptoms?

A: Frequent flushing and persistent facial redness; pustules; pitted, thickened skin with swelling and enlarged pores; a sensation of dryness, itching and burning in the eyes and blurred vision.

Q: Does diet make a difference?

A: Absolutely. Spicy foods, alcohol, hot drinks and smoking can aggravate and activate the condition. Perimenopause and chemical exposures can also highlight the condition.

Q: What about environmental factors?

A: Sun exposure, wind, cold climate can all trigger rosacea. Even hot showers are best avoided.

Q: How can you treat it topically?

A: Gentle cleansing, antioxidant serums, human growth factors, low doses of vitamin A (retinol) and sun protection. Because the skin barrier has been compromised, we need to rebuild the strength and scaffold of the skin. …

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