National Rosacea Month – What is Rosacea?

Rosacea.Org classifies this skin inflammation this way: Rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder primarily of the facial skin, often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. Many have observed that it typically begins any time after age 30 as a redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. In some cases, rosacea may also occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears.

Rosacea is a frustrating skin condition that begins almost unnoticeably, with the seemingly random appearances of redness on the face, especially the cheeks and nose. If left untreated, rosacea almost always worsens.

Here are the signs to look for:

  • Red flushing; typically on the face, especially on the cheeks and nose
  • Random and often extreme skin sensitivity
  • Acne-like bumps
  • Flakey, sometimes oily skin
  • Visible tiny blood vessels that may become more noticeable over time
  • Any of the above combined with dry skin, wrinkles, sun damage, and skin discolorations

Rosacea occurs more often in women but men can be affected to.  While there are no known medical causes, there are treatments to help – consult your doctor or dermatologist if you feel like you may have Rosacea. 

Skin care can help a Rosacea patient to help calm embarrassing redness and quality makeup can help to conceal any blotchiness.  Skin care should be gentle and non-irritating, avoiding ingredients like alcohol which can further dry the skin out and cause additional irritation.  In the Gerda Spillmann line of Swiss Skin Care Products you can use the Peau de Fleurs Cleansing Milk, Tonique sans Alcool (Toner without Alcohol), any of our quality moisturizers (we’d recommend the Extra Riche) and the Bio-Fond Foundation makeup.  Many Rosacea patients use Bio-Fond Foundation to help conceal redness during a flare-up. All of the GS Products are pharmaceutical grade, top quality products that are nourishing and protective of your sensitive skin. Visit to see more products from the Gerda Spillmann Swiss Skin Care line.

“My Daughter works in a spa in Sedona, Arizona. At Christmas, she brought this make-up home for me to try. It has made a whole new me. I can NOT believe the difference it’s made in me and the way I look. I am 53 years old and for the first time in my life – I LOVE the way I look!” Maryann M


One thought on “National Rosacea Month – What is Rosacea?

  1. Dixie Woodcock

    There are certain contrasts between acne rosacea and acne vulgaris. As you probably know, acne vulgaris is the most common form of acne which seems to start with the onset of puberty and is characterized by the formation of whiteheads and blackheads. Acne rosacea, on the other hand, usually makes its first appearance between the ages of 30 and 50, is confined to the face — mostly the nose, cheeks, chin, forehead and eyelids — and is not associated with overactive oil glands.*

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