What is Rosacea? Lean More at Fort Collins Med Spa!


Do you struggle with rosacea? This common skin disease affects people over the age of 30, causing redness on nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. Some people get bumps and pimples on these red areas of the face. It can also cause burning and soreness in your eyes. For some, rosacea can prevent the feeling of confidence in work or social settings.

There is no definitive cause linked to rosacea. Something irritates the skin, but it doesn’t seem to be a bacterial infection. It generally affects adults with fair skin or those that blush easily, and it appears to run in families.

Medical tests are not usually needed to confirm the presence of rosacea, as it can be detected by the pattern of redness on a face. In the past, it was thought to be caused by alcohol abuse, but this is not true. However, for those that already have rosacea, consuming alcohol may cause the symptoms to worsen.

Rosacea can flare up when something causes facial blood vessels to expand, which causes redness. Triggers (that cause flare ups) include exercise, sun and wind exposure, hot weather, stress, spicy foods, alcohol, and hot baths. Sudden temperature changes from hot to cold or cold to hot can also cause flare ups.

Symptoms include a flushed, red face with sensitive dry skin that may burn or sting; small bumps and pimples or breakouts resembling acne; skin that gets coarse and thicker with a bumpy texture; and dry, red, irritated eyes. Rarely, untreated rosacea may cause permanent effects like thickening of facial skin or vision loss. It could also cause knobby bumps on the nose, or give the nose a swollen, waxy look. Fortunately, most cases of rosacea don’t progress this far.

With treatment, most rosacea suffers can control symptoms and keep the disease from worsening.

Treatments include pills, such as low dose antibiotics like doxycycline, medicine containing skin creams, laser treatment called intense pulsed light (we do this here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado), moisturizers and sunscreen, and eye drops, depending on the symptoms.

Rosacea flare ups can be reduced by the following: controlling symptoms, finding triggers, protecting your face from the sun, being gentle with your skin (by using sensitive skin care products like Lira) and taking care of your eyes.

To learn more about treatment for rosacea, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation. We pride ourselves on being able to recommend treatment and products for almost any budget!

Fort Collins Spa; Natural Healthy Skin

The skin is the largest organ of your entire body. Many don’t know this but the skin is one of the body’s ways of naturally eliminating toxins. What comes in must come out somehow. Sweat is an example of natural elimination. Acne too is a natural elimination of bacteria, hormones, pollutants and oils.

Make up can enhance your skin’s natural beauty when used appropriately. Still, it can also hinder the health of your skin of used too liberally. It can also make your skin look a hundred times worse if you use the wrong products or color. It can increase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth. It can cast an off-putting tone on your complexion. Unhealthy toxins from the makeup’s ingredients can seep into your pores causing further irritation.

Fundamentally, make up is not a “cover up” that you want to rely on. Healthy, nourished, clean and balanced skin will bring out your natural beauty and enhance your finest qualities.

When patients come to me I do a complete skin analysis and what I’m looking for is to treat your whole body. I see your skin as symptomatic of your overall health. Rosacea, acne and some kinds of discoloration point to hormonal problems and inflammation. Flaky dry skin can point to dehydration.

We discuss what kinds of lifestyle changes you can make, in addition to what kind of Fort Collins spa treatments will be most beneficial to restoring the balance and glow to your skin.

These are 100% customized to what is going on with you. There is no one fix that is universal to all skin types. We then work out a treatment plan which will bring your skin back to a natural healthy glow. This might be a laser treatment or a chemical peel mask or a specialized product for daily use.

Don’t hide behind makeup. Your skin will always tell the truth. Schedule an appointment or consultation and be proactive about restoring your skin and your whole self to health.