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Heal Rosacea when traveling: G.M. Collin Rosa Sea Gel-Cream + dr.'s advice!

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Many people don't even realize that when they're exposed to sun while traveling, they may very well be triggering the skin condition known as Rosacea! Symptoms can include red skin, acne-like pimples and more. Treating Rosacea is a multi-pronged approach. A new product, G.M. Collin’s Rosa Sea Gel-Cream, brings relief! I was very glad to be hosted to experience it.

The French-turned-Canadian luxe skincare line has a serious clinical side to it. I found the gel-creme to be rich without being greasy or sticky. It feels cool on the skin and takes a minute to absorb. It has a fresh, pleasant herbal scent. Any redness or itchiness in my skin did subside. Here's what they say about it:

G.M. Collin introduces a new skin care that specifically targets sensitive or reactive skin.

Sensitive and reactive skin are identifiable by objective perception, based on the evaluation of clinical evidence such as erythema and the manifestation of papules and pustules, and by subjective or individual perception of stinging, itching, burning or overall discomfort.

Rosa Sea Gel-Cream

Is a fragrance-free formula that provides an overall sensation of well-being to sensitive and reactive skins

It increases the skin’s tolerance to environmental assaults

Through the synergy of highly effective ingredients, Rosa Sea is clinically proven to visibly reduce skin redness, smooth and enhance skin tone uniformity.

Clinically proven results after 28 days:

Reduces skin reactivity by up to 85%
Reduces the appearance of redness by up to 75%
Increases hydration by up to 48%

Dr. Shapiro of Vanguard Dermatology is an expert in Rosacea. Here are his bona fides:

Dr. Michael Shapiro received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He did his dermatology residency training at the University of Pennsylvania HealthHealth System, and has successfully completed two fellowships. The first fellowship was in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma with Alain H. Rook, MD at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and the second fellowship was in Mohs micrographic surgery at the University of Colorado with J. Ramsey Mellette, MD.

Dr. Shapiro is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, and a Fellow of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American College of Mohs Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Shapiro has published over 30 manuscripts and letters to the editor in peer-reviewed academicacademic journals, as well as several book chapters.

Here are some questions that he answered for me:

  1. How big a problem is rosacea in this country?

Rosacea is very prevalent in the US. Studies have shown that several states in the US have over 10% of individuals exhibiting some signs of the disease, and in many parts of the country, 5% or more of adults fit criteria for this condition.

  1. Is it limited to certain ethnic groups?

It occurs in all ethnicities, but is most commonly seen in fair-skinned individuals (with the classic individual being a Caucasian of northern European stock). However, even darker skin types can acquire the disease.

  1. What brings it on?

There are classic triggers, including alcohol consumption (classically red wine), spicy foods, emotional states (laughing, crying, getting nervous or upset), and temperature extremes (hot, cold, humid, windy conditions). The biggest trigger, however, is gradual, decade-long, low grade sun exposure.

  1. I think people who have it get confused, because it can look like acne or allergic reactions. How do you tell the difference?Acne and rosacea are a spectrum. When people present with more pimple-like lesions, their rosacea is closer to acne on the spectrum, whereas if they just show evidence of broken blood vessels, they are more likely to be labeled as a typical rosacea patient. Allergic reactions can also make one’s face red, but this usually is triggered by some historically identifiable event (eating something, etc), and can occur over the entire face. In rosacea, on the other hand, the redness is usually limited to the central face.
  1. Because it can bring on compound problems with possibly conflicting solutions, how do you treat it?

The hallmark of treatment first of all is sun protection, as this is a known factor in making the disease worse. In addition, a variety of topical medications and oral antibiotics are used. Oral antibiotics at full doses are helpful when the patient has acne-type pimples. Low dose antibiotics given at sub-microbial doses (ie. below the threshold where the antibiotics are active in killing bacteria) are helpful also, it is thought, because they have ancillary anti-inflammatory properties that target the inflammatory component of the disease. Finally, the redness itself is treated with lasers such as the pulse-dye laser.

  1. Is rosacea treated differently by how old you are?

Older individuals tend to have more flat redness rather that the acne-type pimples, and thus is treated accordingly. Older patients also complain more about skin sensitivity with rosacea, so use of topicals needs to be very targeted and judicious.

  1. Is there an age when it’s more predominant?

More cases are seen in middle-aged individuals (35-50).

  1. I think some people are intimidated by the thought of going to the dermatologist or don’t feel they can get a referral. Are general practitioners familiar with rosacea?

They sure are, as the condition is something that many patients ask their family doctor. In my practice, many patients come to me after having first tried one or another topical agent. However, some family doctors treat rosacea with topical steroids, which is not recommended as this can cause patients to have temporary relief and then flare even worse when they come off the topical steroids. In this way, their skin becomes addicted to these agents.

  1. How does this product change things on the market? This product is scientifically designed to neutralize redness and restore the comfort of Rosacea prone skin. With ingredients such as Anti-Redness Matrix peptides, Magnolia Bark, Distilled Rose Water, Sea Mayweed Extract, and Aldavine, they work together to hydrate, soothe, anti-age, and reduce the appearance of redness of the skin caused by both skin sensitivity and Rosacea.

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