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Rosacea and skin redness

Facts about the condition:

  • Skin redness, which can also be Rosacea, is one of the most annoying skin problems, effecting more than 45 million people worldwide
  • Although redness can develop in people of any skin color, it generally occurs most frequently and is most apparent in people with fair skin
  • It typically starts after 30 years of age, is more common in women (particularly during menopause) but more severe in men
  • Left untreated, it can even cause deformities
  • Uneven skin redness usually appears on the face (forehead/nose/cheeks/chin) and usually begins with a tendency to flush and blush. This can progress to permanent redness and increased skin sensitivity
  • Redness can sometimes progresses to chest area

Main causes include:

  • Sun damage
  • Over sensitising skin
  • Hormonal or hereditary nature
  • Stress
  • Incorrectly prescribed or used skin care/ makeup or sensitivity to some of the ingredients in the products


Skin needs:

A combination of treatments and skincare that is suited to an individual’s pattern of skin redness. Focusing mainly on reducing inflammation, regulating blood vessel proliferation and trying to reduce trigger factors.


Dermal factors for skin redness include:

  • Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy acid). Rosacea can often display skin bumps formed by a build up of keratin around the hair follicle. Salicylic acid has a keratolytic action, which functions by softening the build-up of dead skin (keratin). Salicylic acid clears the pores, helps with inflammation and increases the cellular turnover, making it a very useful treatment for skin conditions like rosacea, especially when there is an acne component
  • Vitamin A (retinol):  improving barrier function, reducing epidermal thickening, regulating exfoliation and helping control excess oil and acne eruptions. Vitamin A can improve erythema (redness) and is also known to improve the appearance of telangiectasia.
  • Niacinamide – Topical Vitamin B (niacinamide) can greatly diminish the blushing and flushing commonly associated with rosacea and skin redness. Topical niacinamide can improve the barrier function of the skin and decrease the redness associated with rosacea flare ups.
  • Vitamin K— decreases the pooling of blood under the skin commonly associated with telangiectasia, aka spider veins
  • Vitamin C— has been shown to strengthen the capillary walls, thereby decreasing the chances of further damage



Home Care

We recommend a separate routine for morning and evening, simply because your skin’s needs differ from day to night.


During the day, you want to focus on giving your skin protection from the sun and environmental abuse, whilst providing lightweight hydration under makeup

  1. Cleanse: MEDIK8 RedAlert Cleanse – contains Teprenone, Vitamin K1 and calming organic orange oil to soothe the skin, and cleanse deep within the pores removing impurities and make-up.
  2. Prevent: MEDIK8 Firewall – neutralizes a broad spectrum of free-radicals , and acts in unison with sunscreen to protect collagen and elastin, while supporting new collagen production. Also helps to prevent future sun damage
  3. Correct: MEDIK8 Redness Corrector – advanced neutralising cream formulated as a complete ‘anti-redness’ product with 6 targeted actions to instantly reduce redness, treat inflammation and prevent the appearance of future breakouts. Reduces the burning sensation and skin discomfort associated with redness, and prevents future reactions by reducing skin reactivity. The moisturizing and protecting formula also provides instant coverage as mineral green pigments counterbalance the red discolouration.
  4. Hydrate: MEDIK8 Hydr8B5 – this lightweight and easily-absorbed hydrating gel delivers skin-softening Pantotheic Acid (vitamin B5) and moisture-enhancing Hyaluronic Acid to produce rapid and significant improvements in the general condition and feel of the skin.
  5. SPF: O’COSMEDICS Mineral Pro – provides true broad spectrum protection, preventing skin damage as well as assisting skin healing and reducing inflammation
  6. Coverup/Camouflage:  Lycogel  / Oxygenetics – calm and soothe the skin whilst providing effective cover up


In the evening, your skin is at rest and in its “repair” mode, trying to heal the environmental damage that occurred during the day. You want to focus on calming, healing, removing surface dry skin cells and absorption of performance products.

  1. Cleanse: SIRCUIT X Trap – non-drying, mild cleansing agents restore balance, elasticity, and tone. Formulated with Organic Shea Butter to soften and smooth the skin and L-Alpha Bisabolol to calm, soothe, and help heal
  2. Heal: COSMEDIX Define – fortified with gentle, non-irritating acids and 2% AGP Complex, this resurfacing treatment stimulates collagen and elastin production for a dynamic yet well-tolerated level of skin remodeling.
  3. Correct: SKEYNDOR SOS Anti Redness – enriched with plant extracts helping to improve the appearance of rosacea and persistent redness, and provides freshness and immediate relief to the feeling of tightness and redness in sensitive skins.
  4. Hydrate: MEDIK8 Hydr8 Night – acked with superior anti-aging actives such as Resveratrol for cell longevity, and Beta-Glucan for skin texture renewal, Hyrd8 Night will help reverse the signs of skin aging and restore a healthy, radiant complexion.


Treatment Plan

Light based treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL ) are effective in treating the capillary blood vessels (telangiectasia) as well as reducing the appearance of redness in the skin. While there is no cure for rosacea, effective treatment options do exist and can be tailored to the symptoms and severity. It is important to recognize and avoid trigger factors



What ingredients in skin care has to be avoided and what to look for?

When selecting a skin care product, pay close attention to the ingredients and avoid chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate, which can strip the epidermis of its natural oils. Inflamed skin calls for a gentle formula with a natural moisturizing factor, such as that which is found in chirally correct L-lactic acid, to effectively restore epidermal regularity. Similarly, toners and serums that contain hydrating ingredients like aloe vera and vitamin E will calm, soothe and support the skin, as well as mildly exfoliate dead skin cells.

In surveys conducted by the National Rosacea Society, many patients cited the following ingredients as triggers for irritation: alcohol (66 percent), witch hazel (30 percent), fragrance (30 percent), menthol (21 percent), peppermint (14 percent) and eucalyptus oil (13 percent). Most respondents said they avoided astringents, exfoliating agents and other types of products that may be too harsh for sensitive skin.


What are different types of rosacea?

There are 4 subtypes recognized by the US National Rosacea Society

1.       ERYTHEMATOTELANGIECTATIC ROSACEA: this type of rosacea is characterized by stinging and facial redness on the nose and cheeks. It may or may not be seen along with broken capillaries. These symptoms come and go depending on the individual’s trigger factors. Roughness, facial swelling and a grainy skin texture may also accompany the other symptoms

2.       PAPULOPUSTULAR ROSACEA: This type of rosacea resembles acne although it differs because there are no clogged pores or comedones on the skin. Larger than normal pimples occur mainly on the upper cheeks and nose along with intense redness. Stinging, burning and a dehydrated surface appearance may also occur

3.       PHYMATOUS ROSACEA: This type of rosacea shows up as thickened skin and enlargement of the nose (Rhinophyma) and other parts of the face. This type of rosacea is more often seen in men, although rosacea in general is found most often in women

4.       OCULAR ROSACEA: This type of rosacea occurs on the eyelids and in the eye resulting in swollen eyelids, lumps and cysts in the lids, bloodshot eyes and vision difficulty

Skin condition: Dry skin.

Dry Skin Care



Dry skin is a very common skin condition characterised by a lack of the appropriate amount of water in the superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis. The epidermis is normally composed of fats (lipids) and protein. The lipids portion of the epidermis helps prevent skin’s dehydration. When the skin’s oils are removed, skin’s protection decreases and it loses moisture more easily. This process is known as Epidermal Water Loss as skin becomes dry, it also may become more sensitive and prone to rashes and skin breakdown.

Facts about the condition:

  • Affect males and females equally
  • Older people are typically much more prone to it due to diminished amounts of natural skin oils and lubricants
  • Arms, hands, and particularly lower legs tend to be more affected by the condition
  • Dryness of the skin is affected by the amount of water vapor in the surrounding air, the humidity
  • The condition is also known as xeroderma or xerosis


  • It is classified as mild, temporary condition which lasts from a few days to weeks. In severe cases can be a long-term skin problem
  • Cold or dry air and winter weather can worsen dry skin
  • Individuals whose occupations require more frequent hand-washing and sanitizing
  • Dry skin may also be a side effect of an underlying medical disorder, lifestyle or some medications
    • Harsh soaps and chemical cleansers, misusing moisturisers, and long, hot showers
    • Medications you take – and even medical conditions such as diabetes, psoriasis, hypothyroidism
    • Malnutrition or lack of oils in diet

Skin needs:

This type of skin could benefit from a creamy wash with hydrating ingredients and moisturisers with sunscreens and antioxidants



Try using the Face Care range for dry skin, specifically formulated to nourish and hydrate your skin. The products should include pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin C, known for its antioxidant properties. They should be gentle enough to care for even the most sensitive skins.


Here are our top 5


Your daily routine:

Step 1 – As part of your daily routine, start by a gentle cleanser to gently lift away debris and/or make-up – cleanse once in the morning and twice in the evening.

Step 2 – Follow with the appropriate restorative serum (protective for the day and regenerative for the night)

Step 3 – Morning routine requires a protective day cream. It’ll help lock in your skin’s moisture throughout the day. Chose a cream with UV filters and added antioxidants. Evening routine needs a nourishing cream to support your skin’s replenishment overnight and restore your skin’s softness


Should I use only very oily products in my treatment routines?

No, not really. Without a doubt dry skin does require nourishment. However, oily textures are not necessarily the most effective way to replenish dry skin. Focusing on a treatment plan to restore the skin’s barrier will work wonders to your skin. Chose appropriate product lines with very light molecular weight for quick absorption. You want your skin feeling soft and nourished but not greasy or sticky.

For my dry skin should I use a different products/treatment during summertime and wintertime?

Absolutely! Choose your skin care products and treatments according to your skin’s needs first and consider the weather second. The skin tends to become drier in wintertime. The cold air, the wind, the heating, and the indoor/outdoor differences in temperature are all factors which aggravate and dry out your skin. Most people with dry skin tendency will need richer formulars in winter.

 Will Drinking Water Prevent Dry Skin?

The truth is your skin needs the perfect oil-water balance to stay in tip top condition. While drinking enough water will most certainly improve your skin’s overall feel and condition, treatment for dry skin can be far more complicated. Watch out not to consume the types of liquids that lead to dehydration and stay away from alcohol and caffeine as they are the chief offenders.


Our top 5 tips to help maintain a beautifully soft, smooth skin

1.       Always wear  sunscreen! Even in winter. Sun slowly but surely delivers the damage. It makes your skin less and less able to hold moisture or feel smooth.

2.       Use a good quality moisturiser. Everyday! Make sure your moisturiser contains antioxidants and ingredients that help skin hold on to water, skin-repairing ingredients, and anti-inflammatory ingredients.

3.       Exfoliate at least once a week. Skin cellular turnover (usually 28days) is a function of healthy skin. Due to sun damage and other environmanetal and life style factors, your skin needs help with this process. A well-formulated scrub or fruit enzymes treatment can help skin cells turn over in a more natural, youthful manner by removing the build-up of older skin cells, revealing the newer, fresher ones.

4.       Don’t forget your lips. Lips are the least capable of staying young, smooth and soft. Do not leave your lips naked day or night. Apply and reapply an emollient lipstick, gloss or nourishing lip cream.

5.       Never use products that contain drying or irritating ingredients

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