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Ocular Rosacea

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

Common Treatments

  • 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 ?