Couperose is a term we use for visible surface capillaries and is a skin condition that appears in adulthood. Our clients with couperose tell us their skin looks always red and is reactive, meaning it quickly turns red when touched or when they eat certain kinds of foods.

People of Caucasian and Asian descend generally have lighter skin and so the surface redness can be more noticeable. People from English, Scottish and Irish backgroundS seem to be the most susceptible to this skin condition due to their skin being more delicate and thinner.

Couperose mostly appears on the cheeks, but can also be visible on the chin, nose, forehead, neck and decolletage. Most people start seeing couperose appear on the cheeks in early adulthood, and in later years they will see it diffusing to other areas.

The main cause of couperose is UV exposure. Some people do have a genetic predisposition to a thinner, drier and lighter skin which makes it more vulnerable to UV damage. Hence the initial damage is seen on the cheeks and can also develop on other areas that have been exposed to UV such as the nose, chin, neck and decolletage.

The UV light, especially UVA, is able to penetrate deep in the skin, stimulating free radical activity, and damaging the collagen and elastin fibers in the capillary’s wall, causing the blood capillaries walls to weaken and become stretched. The pooling of the blood in the stretched capillaries is what makes the capillaries visible from the surface.

Most people in Australia have some degree of capillary damage and couperose can be mild to severe, depending on the skin’s genetic make up and the the amount of UV exposure accumulated over the years.

The best ways to avoid couperose is to protect the skin from the sun from a young age. The damage can occur in early years and only become evident in later years. Once the signs of couperose have become evident, anything that is stimulating can make it to appear worse such as hot weather, hot showers, alcohol, hot spicy foods, and excess sun exposure.

If you have begun to show signs of couperose on your cheeks or decolletage, the good news is there is a lot we can do to support this skin. The Clarte & Comfort Facial treatment provides soothing relief, helping to strengthen capillaries and improve circulation. Find out more about our BIIU Signature Facial Treatment for couperose: http://biiu.com.au/facials-cosmeceutical-peels/

If you are showing signs of advanced couperose damage, more intensive treatments such as IPL can help reverse some of the damage and reduce couperose. Find out more about our IPL treatments: http://biiu.com.au/ipl-treatment/

Sothys have a complete range of skin care products specifically formulated for people with couperose. Clarity Milk is a cooling cleansing milk to calm skin with redness and flushing tendencies. Clarity Lotion is a cooling lotion to control flushing and reduce irritation in reddened skin. Find out more about treatment creams and serum for fragile capillaries: http://www.sothys.com.au/product.php…

Sometimes couperose can be mistaken for Rosacea. To find out more about Rosacea read our article: https://business.facebook.com/notes/biiu-day-spa/rosacea-what-is-it-what-causes-it-and-what-can-help/1661300210817788

If you are not sure if your skin has couperose or Rosacea, make an appointment for a skin care consultation to allow our aestheticians to examine your skin and determine what is causing the redness. We will provide you with a plan for the most appropriate skin care and treatment option to give you the best results.

Call us on 02 8068 0274
or book online: http://biiu.com.au/appointment/

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