Couperose is a condition where redness appears due to the presence of small, dilated red blood vessels visible on the face. Couperose occurs due to poor elasticity of the capillary walls.
Normally, when there is a sudden rush of blood to the skin, capillaries expand to receive the increase of blood, then contract and return to normalcy. In a weakened state of elasticity, however, capillaries will expand, but do not contract and return to their normal state. This results in dilated capillaries with lingering blood cells, making them appear defined and red on the skin's surface.
How Do You Get Couperose Skin?
Couperose skin is often caused by certain hereditary factors: skin that is structurally thin and sensitive, and weak capillary walls. Exposure to extreme cold, harsh winds or extreme heat can also contribute to this condition. All skin types can be prone to redness, the only factor they have in common is structural thinness. Often structural changes of aging skin can contribute to Couperose skin.
Symptoms of Couperose?
- Redness. Your reddened skin occurs as a result of dilated blood vessels. Specifically, dilated blood vessels expand and sometimes even break. They’re visible beneath the skin, creating a noticeable red flush or blush, which typically appears along the nose and cheeks. In earlier stages of Couperose, the redness can come and go. However, as Couperose progresses to more advanced stages, the redness can become permanent, according to dermatologists on the Skin Care Guide.
- Dryness and sensitivity. In addition to redness, skin with Couperose is often very delicate and thin, prone to being dry or sensitive.
What is the Optimal Approach for Couperose/Sensitive Skin?
- Avoiding “highly active” or warming treatments (including hot showers or saunas).
- Avoiding oily, occlusive products because of their warming effect.
- Protecting the skin from excessive sun exposure is especially important for Couperose skin! (Seborrheic skin, on the other hand, may benefit from sun exposure - within safe limits and, maintaining protection!)
- Gentle exfoliation to remove the scales of seborrheic skin or to encourage the renewal and thickening of fragile Couperose skin.
- Adopting a long-term treatment program based on truly soothing products that maintain hygienic conditions.
A minimalist approach using a small number of care products can limit adverse reactions.
Do you think that you identify with a Couperose Skin? Please call the salon on 07 3397 5153 and make an appointment. We can do a skin assessment, assess what you are using at present, and suggest a treatment plan to improve your skin.