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April Is Rosacea Awareness Month
Written by Dr Jason Rivers   

More Than a Red Face

By Dermatologist Dr. Jason K. Rivers, MD, FRCPC, FAAD with contributions from Sandi Lesueur, CEO, Riversol Skin Care Solutions Inc.

As a rosacea and adult acne specialist, I was approached by Fresh Magazine to explain what rosacea is and how to treat it.

photo of woman's faceRosacea is a common skin condition, affecting 45 million people worldwide, including two million Canadians. This chronic disease affects men and women, beginning around age 25.

What are the symptoms?

Rosacea is often mistaken for sensitive skin, adult acne or allergies. It begins with cheek flushing and can extend to other areas. Fixed dilated capillary blood vessels appear over time, usually affecting the cheeks, nose, chin, and, in rare circumstances, the chest, neck and ears. Red papules and pustules may develop. In severe cases, there may be bulbous enlargement of the nose.

Who does rosacea affect?

The causes of rosacea are unclear. Heredity plays a major role. Environmental factors can trigger rosacea. It’s women who most often seek diagnosis and treatment, even though men’s rosacea can be more severe.

Skincare and cosmetics

before treatment photo of woman's face from front and sideAs rosacea compromises the skin barrier function, treatment begins with good skincare.

In a National Rosacea Society survey, 41% of 1,066 patients reported that certain skin care products aggravated their condition; 27% said certain cosmetics caused flare-ups. The Society suggests:

avoiding common rosacea irritants like hot food and wine choosing fragrance-free skin care and makeup products, testing before buying using minimal products limiting sunlight exposure reducing stress avoiding aggressive microdermabrasion and chemical peels

Rosacea treatment protocol—what makes Riversol unique?

photo of woman's face from front after treatmentI couldn’t endorse any of the rosacea-treatment products on the market. Too many luxury lines contain fragrances, dyes, sulfates or formaldehyde. Even organic and natural products can cause allergic reactions or skin sensitivities. Instead, I created my own.

The breakthrough came with beta-thujaplicin (thoo-ya-pli-cin), derived from the Pacific red cedar tree and boasting anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antifungal and anti-oxidant properties. First Nations people have long used red cedar for its medicinal benefits. However, thujaplicin can be costly to obtain and difficult to work with, so it is rarely used in skincare lines.

It took eight years of testing and research before I distributed my first samples to colleagues. After reviewing the clinical feedback, I set out with the Riversol chemist to incorporate thujaplicin, a powerful healing natural ingredient, into a skincare system for sensitive-skin sufferers.

Riversol customers

Sandi Lesueur, CEO of Riversol Skin Care Solutions, explains. “When I first met Dr Rivers, his patients at Pacific Dermaesthetics complained about sensitive skin while using too many harsh products, too often. Riversol’s simple three-step system – cleanser, serum and moisturizer – simplifies skincare, significantly improves skin appearance, and reduces redness and pigmentation. Hundreds of testimonials from incredibly loyal customers share personal experiences about Riversol products changing their lives. This consistent feedback gives me the drive and excitement to bring these products into international markets. After 9+ years of hard work, we are now being approached by top international cosmetic retailers and medical distributors.”

Information from this document was derived from four sources, including:
Dr. Jason K. Rivers
Rosacea – Canadian Dermatology Association of the National Rosacea Society

Dr Jason Rivers -

One of Canada’s top dermatologists, Dr. Jason Rivers is board certified in North America and is Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of British Columbia. He is a partner at Pacific Dermaesthetics, a private medical and cosmetic dermatology practice in Vancouver, BC. or


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