What is Ocular Rosacea?
Some research has shown a possible link between rosacea and the bacteria called Helicobacter pylori – causing chronic reflux and gastritis . This bacterium also causes gastrointestinal infections.
What does it look like?
• Red, irritated, inflamed upper and or lower eyelids, especially base of eyelashes.
• Red or bloodshot eyes, burning or tearing, and the sensation of a foreign body in the eye.
• An infection of the eyelids
• Sensitive skin
• Demodex and bacterial colonization control,
• exhibit vasomotor instability,
• require camouflaging of telangiectatic mats,
• inflammation reduction – topical and oral antibiotics
• vasoconstrictor formulations
• Cosmeceuticals enhancing Skin Barier Function.
Why is ocular rosacea reactive to washes and products?
• Cleansers can remove lipids from the skin surface,
• surfactants remove sebum AND intercellular lipids.
• thorough removal of sebum, may also damage the intercellular lipids, resulting in barrier damage
• manifests as increased facial redness, stinging, burning, and itching.
• counterproductive to use an anti-inflammatory skin cleanser to treat rosacea when, in fact, it enhances inflammation and this is most likely the reason why PATIENTS cannot tolerate ZO® or similar products and creams.
So what can PATIENTS use?
• Important to get medical opinion – patient see doctor/dermatologist
• If not possible – use ZO® Hydrating cleanser only
• DO NOT use the scrub and pads AROUND THE EYES as this will affect the intercellular lipids – can use on the rest of the face AVOID THE EYES 🙂
• Best moisturisers to prevent facial rosacea flares combine occlusive and humectant ingredients – Use only the Daily Power Defence
• Use Sun protection
TO TAKE HOME – Underdiagnosed Condition – BE ALERT 🙂
Photos: Recognition: Dr. Chapa & Virginia Eye Clinic