Got Rosacea?

You probably have a million questions you want to ask about how to control redness, dryness from rosacea and exactly how you got it. Unfortunately, rosacea is a poorly understood skin condition, and its causes haven’t been exactly determined.  The good news is that you can use certain skincare products (Rosacea Creamwith specific ingredients to help alleviate rosacea symptoms. For starters, here’s advice:

Don’t be afraid to use skin care products

Severe rosacea patients are often hesitant to put anything on their skin because the skin is sensitive. It is very important to use skin care products, especially a moisturizer when you suffer from rosacea. But Priyana MD offers a range of products that helps rosacea patient finally get control of their skin!!

Understanding Rosacea and your Skin Barrier
Vital Components of the Skin Barrier
Skin is made up of proteins protected by a mixture of oils comprising approximately 50% ceramides, 25% cholesterol and 15% fatty acids.

Changes to any of these components, either in quantity or quality, can lead to faulty skin barrier function.

Symptoms of rosacea like skin irritation from many sources, including the process of flushing, exposure to daylight, the hormonal influence of stress and inferior facial cleansers, are known to alter the properties of the skin barrier.

Protect the skin barrier and reduce water loss in the skin

Specific ingredients in moisturizers help maintain the skin barrier, which prevents flare ups. A healthy, functional skin barrier does more than prevent water loss, it also shields the skin from allergens and irritants. Rosacea patients experience irritation from numerous sources, such as the climate (particularly if dry and cold) and cosmetics. If the skin’s barrier is impaired they can affect the skin in untoward ways by reaching deeper into it than intended, producing redness, irritation, stinging, and itching. Priyana MD’s  Rosacea Duo offers two products that combat rosacea and its negative side effects. The Rosacea Duo consists of two barrier repairs and skin rejuvenation moisturizers lasting 3-4 months, HylaSilk and Damage Control C + DNA.

Why are these products effective for Rosacea?
HylaSilk HA Serum is formulated as a 1-2-3 punch for rosacea because it is formulated with 3 key ingredients specific to rosacea  without the use of harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin; hyaluronic acid, vitmain B3 and peptides.

Why is this formulation of HA effective for Rosacea?

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid (Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, HA) has many benefits and is one of the most interesting ingredients in skin care, specifically to rosacea, acne and aging. Naturally found in the body, hyaluronic acid secures moisture and creates fullness, plumpness and youthful skin is naturally bound with hyaluronic acid. As we age, skin moisture can drop significantly, which makes the skin lose elasticity and expose the signs of aging on the skin. Hyaluronic acid plays a critical role in skin health with its unique ability to hold in moisture (1000 ml of water per gram of hyaluronic acid). Hyaluronic acid is also a “smart nutrient” as it can adjust its moisture absorption rate based on the humidity relative to the season and the climate. HA is very important to use as a daily moisturizer to replenish the skin’s trans epidermal water loss by replacing the hydration, improving skin’s barrier function and putting balance back into the skin.

Not only is HylaSilk the best HA serums for rosaea and aging skin, but it’s superior in that it is formulated with vitamin B3/niacinamide and peptides which make it the all star product for redness, aging and dry skin. Vitamin B3 is an ingredient that has been shown to improve the skin barrier function, increase ceramide production, improve the appearance of photo-aged skin, such as wrinkles, fine lines, redness, texture. It also has a growing reputation for balancing uneven skin tone and helping to reduce acne marks.
Physicians have noted that adding the second moisturizer, Damage Control C + DNA with HylaSilk and a chemical free sunscreen like VersaTint SPF 30+ has demonstrated efficacy on rosacea patients. Damage Control C + DNA is a daily moisturizer formulated to hydrate, fight free radicals, improve barrier function, lighten pigment and reduce skin inflammation. It incorporates ingredients, DNA repair enzymes that recognize damage and jump start the body’s natural process to repair damage.

If your skin’s barrier is extremely unhealthy, even water can be irritating.
Rather than trying endless moisturizers for your skin’s irritation you should make an effort to repair the fundamental deficiencies it has developed.

Consequences for Blood Vessel Reactivity
Skin irritation is accompanied by an increase in blood flow, which in rosacea quickly becomes pathological and leads to persistent redness and visible capillaries.

By improving the skin barrier the likelihood of skin irritation is decreased and so follows less of the blood vessel reactivity which leads to harmful episodes of blushing.

Ingredients Which Harm/Degrade The Skin Barrier
Some skin care products for acne and aging skin concerns are formulated with ingredients which (either in small quantities or if misused) can abuse the skin’s barrier. Prime examples are alcohol, benzoyl peroxide, essential oils and several exfoliating acids such as glycolic acid.

Alkaline products, particularly soaps but also many cleansers and some moisturizers, inhibit activities in the skin which produce natural ceramides.

Sulfates, such as sodium laureth sulfate, and other surfactants and detergents found in many cleansers, actively remove ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids from the skin. Priyana MD VersaCleanse in sodium laureth sulfate free.

While this may be passable for someone with very oily skin, all skin types and conditions, and particularly patients with rosacea, can benefit greatly by avoiding these ingredients.

Ingredients Which Repair The Skin Barrier
Combinations of ceramides, fatty acids, cholesterol, and humectants (such as glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, hyaluronic acid) in products such are effective at restoring healthy skin barrier function and help with different rosacea types


Summary of What To Do
First, avoid removing the essential components of the skin barrier by avoiding cleansers which are alkaline(those which have a pH above 7) or contain sulfates. Priyana MD’s VersaCleanse is formulated without the use of sodium laureth sulfates.

We offer VersaCleanse Gentle Soothing Cleanser for rosacea and VersaCleanse Anti Aging foam cleanser for anti aging non-sensitive patients. Second, avoid exfoliating acids and drying treatments such as benzoyl peroxide, at least until your skin has recovered (this will take months and allow a year of barrier repair techniques to see a durable change in your skin’s reactivity and sensitivity).

Use effective barrier repair products, such as HylaSilk and Damage Control C + DNA with HylaSIlk and a sunscreen which has demonstrated efficacy on rosacea patients. Damage Control C + DNA is a daily moisturizer formulated to hydrate, fight free radicals, improve barrier function, lighten pigment and reduce skin inflammation. It incorporates ingredients, DNA repair enzymes that recognize damage and jump start the body’s natural process to repair damage.

A diet with a balanced intake of Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids also supports the development and maintenance of healthy skin barrier function.

Use sunscreen religiously
The pathogenesis of rosacea may not be fully understood yet, but we know that cumulative sun damage plays a role. Sunscreen, in specific a tinted chemical free sunscreen like Priyana MD’s VersaTint SPF 30+  will help cover up redness and cause less irritation that other sunscreens loaded with chemicals. Priyana MD’s VersaTint SPF 30+ helps to blend and cover the redness while providing coverage, with a 8% Titanium Dioxide and 3.8% Zinc Oxide. Use of a good sunscreen will not only help prevent the condition in susceptible patients, but it will also help prevent flare-ups in those who struggle with it.

Find your flare-up triggers
Every patient is different, and while we know that certain things trigger rosacea in general, some may find a specific cause. Sun, heat, wind, exercise, alcohol and stress are common triggers, but some report that a specific fruit, vegetable, meat or dairy product will cause a flare.

Remember, you are not alone.
Dermatologists have many options to offer rosacea patients, including skin care advice, prescription medications and laser treatments. As for the best products to alleviate rosacea symptoms, visit our provider page at