3 breakthroughs that could treat skin redness

3 breakthroughs that could treat skin redness

It appears that skin issues that cause facial redness and flushing are on the rise. In 2023, a survey of UK medical professionals by the British Skin Foundation​ – a charity that funds skin research – found that 86% of respondents had noted an increase in patients that reported skin problems like rosacea, acne, eczema and psoriasis in the last five years.

When it comes to skin redness, rosacea is an increasingly common culprit. The chronic inflammatory skin disorder is characterised by facial flushing, persistent erythema, inflammatory papules, telangiectasias, phymatous changes, and ocular symptoms.

The skin disease is still not fully understood, but it’s known that it appears to stem from a complicated interplay between innate and adaptive immune system dysregulation, neurovascular dysfunction, and genetic and environmental factors.

While UV exposure, local inflammation responses to skin microorganisms (Demodex mites), temperature changes, food or ingredient intolerances, and stressors are all considered to worsen the condition.

We’ve outlined three recent areas of research that have centred around treating facial redness.

Ocean bioactive from sustainably sourced seaweed

New clinical tests have shown that a skin care cream formulated with a high-purity (80%) marine bioactive derived from sustainably sourced seaweed reduced erythema (skin redness) by up to 96% when used in an active concentration of 1%, once a day for 14 days.

The sustainably farmed seaweed processing company Oceanium, said it had clinically tested its next-gen, marine bioactive, Ocean Actives Fucoidan on human skin and that the water-soluble ingredient had been specifically developed for inclusion in skin care and sun care formulations.

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