Rosacea: stubborn inflammation of the face


Rosacea looks like a combination of acne and eczema: Chronic reddening of the face, in many cases visible vessels and sometimes papules and pustules.

The affected areas are usually the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. If left untreated, Rosacea becomes worse with time. In the final stage thickening of the skin may develop resulting in cauliflower-shaped structures for example on the nose (a lobulated nose Rhynophyma) or frequently also on the chin.

Rosacea healable?

The cause of rosacea is still unknown, an autoimmune involvement is presumed. Rosacea is considered to be incurable. However, with appropriate measures the progression can be almost symptom-free. The treatment must be continued for a long period of time.

Acute phase

Rosacea is classically treated with cortisone and antibiotics, which leads to a short-term improvement of the symptoms. Acute phases can be triggered by environmental influences such as sun exposure, cold, stress or consumption of strong spices or alcohol.

New treatment approach

We focus on the guidelines of two doctors who can be considered pioneers of Rosacea treatment. For many years Dr. Zein Obagi and Dr. Desmond Fernandes have succeeded in making Rosacea symptoms practically disappear.

No oils

The first step is degreasing the skin with specially developed cleansing products, which remove the oil from the skin but do not dry out the skin and also have an anti-inflammatory effect. Contrary to general recommendations, strictly avoiding greasy creams and moisturizers leads to an improvement of symptoms. Vitamin-A-serums, salicylic acid pads, and special peelings are also used.

Microneedling at home

Our experience has shown that recurrent needlings that can be done at home have proven to be surprisingly effective in the containment of Rosacea symptoms. Microneedlings are micro-fine perforations of the skin. This makes it possible to keep the chronic inflammation in check.

We support such home-needlings with courses and periodic adjustments in the treatment regime of the changing skin requirement.

D. Schenker & C. Friderich / Tel. +41 79 194 52 08 / info@frischinstitut.ch

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