Topical Rosacea Treatments
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Flawed Sunscreen Use and Lost "Anti-Aging" Effects
UV light ages skin and can intensify or foster rosacea symptoms.
The most aging (deeply penetrating) of the sun's rays are thought to be roughly as troublesome on a bright Summer's day as they are on a cloudy Winter's Day.
Ensure your sunscreen use is therapeutic by preventing more than just burning or tanning, and by protecting the deepest layer of your skin (where the capillaries reside) from daylight's ultraviolet radiation.
Increasing numbers of people with rosacea are using sunscreens, but frequently they are using them in a manner which fails to garner meaningful therapeutic benefit.
Virtually no current sunscreen use that individuals presume prevents photoaging (responsible for somewhere between 70 and 90% of the visible signs of aging) has the effect they imagine because most sunscreens do not prevent aging (only tanning and burning) and those which do are rarely used as they need to be for benefit.
Furthermore, increasing numbers of people use photosensitizing skincare — including aromatherapy, alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and retinol based formulas — without photoprotection adequate to counter their most pertinent side effects.
A decade or two from now, the majority of these sunscreen users will present with unhealthy, unnecessary permanent changes in their skin, and are more likely than not to attempt futile, expensive treatment.
Informed rosacea patients can avoid these pitfalls by employing actual prevention.
Genuine anti-aging approaches for skin mandate considered, sustainable and uninterrupted treatment.
The effect of anything less is barely there, and if combined with photosensitizing skin care, may be much less than would have otherwise been the case.
Recommendations for Sunscreen Use in Rosacea
Currently, zinc oxide is the only sunscreening agent which blocks the broadest gamut of the sun's rays, and is hypoallergenic.
Zinc is also thought to help skin heal, acts as an antioxidant, and has a long history of use in baby products.
Overt and subclinical allergic reactions to sunscreen chemicals are common, so zinc is recommended over all other sunscreening and blocking agents.
Author: Chris Hayward.
Reviewed: Saturday, 10 July 2010.
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