Rob Ford: Red in the Face
All eyes are on our infamous ruddy-faced mayor, again. Much has been said about Rob Ford’s character, but very little about his very visible skin problem: Rosacea.
“Rosacea is an inflammatory disorder of the skin that is common in fair skinned people. It is made worse by a number of triggers,” says our go-to dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett of DLK on Avenue in Toronto. People with rosacea can turn red from pretty much anything, she notes, “Some common triggers include hot foods, spicy foods, wind, cold, sun, alcohol, stress, and exercise.”
Exercise may not be a culprit in Ford’s case, but we can ascertain that he is under a lot of stress. That’s probably why Ford is exhibiting the most visible symptoms of rosacea: a flushed-looking complexion, a lot of spider-like blood vessels on the face, a red bulbous nose, and bloodshot or watery eyes.
Although there is no known cure for rosacea, a dermatologist can not only help identify the triggers so that you can avoid them to prevent or reduce flare-ups, they can minimize the redness with a series of laser treatments. Dr. Kellett and her team of medical aestheticians zaps away the signs of rosacea with IPL (Intense Pulse Light). “These treatments are done every 2-3 weeks for six sessions. The treatment targets the blood vessels, heats it up and closes it down. This action improves flushing, blushing, redness and noticeable telangiectasia (blood vessels),” explains the skin-saving doc.
Don’t use over-the-counter acne treatment on rosacea. Blemish-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid may be too irritating for sensitive skin types like rosacea. It is a common misconception that rosacea is a form of acne. This confusion stems from the fact that the proper name for roseaca is “Acne Rosacea,” but keep in mind that rosacea is not acne.