Tip of the Month: Epionce for Rosacea
The ‘Mimic’ for Skin Conditions
Rosacea can often be mis-diagnosed because it mimics other skin conditions, such as acne or sebaceous hyperplasia.
What to look for
- Intermittant to persistant flushing
- Visible blood vessels
- Moderate to extreme sensitivity
- Atrophy of the skin
Other symptoms that may present:
- Raised red patches
- Scaly skin
- Eye problems
- Enlargement of the nose
A Multi-factorial Therapeutic Approach
In office & at home, create a gentle treatment plan for best results.
- Certain oral & topical prescription therapies
- Some laser, IPL and LED treatments
- Calming, soothing facials
- Certain superficial chemical peels
- Topical products for sensitive skin, such as Epionce
- Anti-inflammatory diet
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, hot spicy foods & beverages
To help control and prevent rosacea progression, focus on topical products which optimize the structure and function of the skin barrier while reversing chronic inflammation, such as Epionce.
Let’s Role Play with an Epionce Professional
Client: I am having trouble tolerating any of the products you recommended to me for my dry rosacea skin. Everything seems to sting! What do I do now?
Epionce Professional: With the inflammation and bacteria associated with rosacea, you likely have a skin barrier that is very compromised. Why don’t we set aside all the products for now and concentrate on building a healthy skin barrier first. If Milky Lotion Cleanser is too irritating, it is okay to cleanse your skin using plain water, and then follow with Medical Barrier Cream. Feel free to use only Medical Barrier Cream for the first one to two weeks. It is the strongest barrier repairing product we have. It will not only build your barrier strength so that you can add in more active products, but will also help soothe and calm your sensitive, irritated skin. Once your skin has calmed, you can try adding one product at a time, every 4-5 days, to stay aware of what makes you sensitive.
Client: How do I work Epionce in with my topical azelaic acid prescription or Metro-Gel (metronidazole)?
Epionce Professional: It is very easy to use your prescription rosacea product in place of your Correct & Boost step. Simply use your prescription once or twice daily as directed on clean, dry skin. Allow it to absorb and then follow with Intensive Nourishing Cream or Renewal facial product for skin type (plus Ultra Shield Lotion SPF 50) during the day. No sunscreen is needed at night. You may include a Lytic application AM or PM (at the opposite time you apply your prescription) if you would like to, but we wouldn’t recommend applying your prescription at the same time as Lytic – it may be too irritating. Once you have ended your topical
prescription product, simply use Lytic twice a day to maintain results.
Client: I have oily rosacea skin, and I like a foaming gel cleanser instead of a creamy lotion cleanser.
Epionce Professional: Using Lytic Gel Cleanser for oily rosacea should be fine for your skin – plus it will help to kill surface microbes. If your skin is not extra sensitive, or you have been using Lite Lytic or regular Lytic Tx for some time, you can go ahead and bump up to Lytic Plus.
Client: My rosacea flares have finally calmed down – how do I keep my skin clear?
Epionce Professional: Like acne, rosacea really can’t be cured, only controlled. Be sure to take care to avoid triggers that can cause a flare: extreme changes in temperature, too much alcohol, sun exposure, caffeine or chocolate, or hot spicy foods. IPL or laser treatments can be beneficial, but keep in mind that it may take more treatments than a standard sun damage treatment would. The Epionce Peel System or Lite Peel: Refresh are also great choices to help keep your redness away, with anti-inflammatory salicylic acid, white willow bark, and malic acid. Steer clear from hot steam facials and/or microdermabrasion. Use Epionce Lytics and Renewals, or Intensive Nourishing Cream to keep inflammation calmed and your skin barrier strengthened to provide better protection from environmental triggers.