November 02, 2011 12:34 ET

Doctor Cautions Holiday Beauty and Cosmetic Spending Could Have Adverse Affects on Rosacea and Sensitive Skin

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 2, 2011) - North Americans are expected to spend more than $228.4 billion on holiday gifts this year. Nearly 10 percent of those dollars will be used to purchase cosmetics and personal care products. While holiday parties and photo ops put additional pressure on both men and women to look their best, Dr. Jason Rivers, a renowned dermatologist, cautions consumers to be careful of what they put on their skin.

"Mixing a variety of skin care and beauty products is not only expensive, but it can further aggravate skin conditions like rosacea," said Rivers. "People with sensitive skin and rosacea should be particularly careful over the holidays when trigger factors are high."

Red wine, chocolate, spicy foods, and stress are known to trigger flare-ups of rosacea, a skin condition that affects approximately one in 20 people in America. Rosacea causes redness around the facial area and produces small, red, pus-filled bumps. The condition is often mistaken for acne or eczema, or some other skin allergy.

Rivers recommends people with rosacea and sensitive skin stick to hypoallergenic products that don't contain dyes or fragrances. It's also extremely important to keep the skin well hydrated as the weather becomes more severe, he said.

"With so many products out there on the market claiming to stop redness and cure conditions like rosacea, it can be overwhelming for the consumer," said Rivers. "A lot of rosacea sufferers will buy rosacea treatment products and combine them with existing over the counter regimes that can actually worsen their condition."

Rivers said it's important to note that there is no known cure for rosacea. While research has indicated it's most prevalent in Celtic populations and is likely genetic, the exact cause is still unknown. However, Rivers said rosacea symptoms can be greatly reduced and managed with proper care. For more information visit: Riversol.com.


Dr. Jason Rivers is board certified and regarded as one of North America's top dermatologists. He is a partner at Pacific Dermaesthetics, a medical and cosmetic dermatology practice in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Rivers has published more than 135 scientific articles. He is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery and associate editor of The Skin Therapy Letter.

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