Common associated symptoms include:
- Facial swelling
- Rough skin
- Plaques (raised red patches) on your skin
- Permanent redness
- Irritated or swollen eyes
- Enlarged nose
Rosacea is a common chronic condition that usually affects the face and worsens if left untreated. One in ten of us suffer from the symptoms of rosacea, particularly in women between 30 and 60 years of age. Rosacea is more common in women, but can be more severe when affecting men. It can be controlled to a degree with long-term treatment.
This is not fully understood, but environmental factors, genetics and immune system factors may all be involved. Stress, weather, certain foods and alcohol can aggravate rosacea. For reasons unknown, certain foods including chocolates, bananas, avocado, spinach and pork can be pro-inflammatory. Rosacea can be sun sensitive, but it is not contagious and is not caused by poor hygine.
Rosacea can look like a number of other skin conditions including acne, dermatitis (eczema), lupus and keratosis pilaris.
Common associated symptoms include:
Rosacea is often triggered, so identifying the cause can help you to manage your symptoms. It is also advised to wear a high SPF sunscreen, avoid the heat and sunlight where possible, cover your face during cold weather, use gentle skin care products and try to manage your stress levels.
Rosacea cannot be cured but treatments can be used to control the symptoms. These can include:
Laser treatment for visible blood vessels. This is an effective long-term solution for fixed redness. If you are considering having these light treatments, it is important to seek out medically trained laser specialists who offer these treatments. About 85% of patients who have these treatments improve and are very happy with the results.
Oral medication – This is a low dose version of the antibiotic at a level that does not have any antibiotic properties but is specifically licensed for the treatment of Rosacea in the UK. It is very effective in controlling red spots, papules and pustules.
Skin Peels – Skin peels help rosacea by exfoliating the top layers of skin, speeding up skin turnover and preventing pores from becoming clogged with dead skin cells, which can aggravate rosacea. They can also help to reduce inflammation and promote skin healing.
If you have any concerns about the diagnosis or management of your skin condition, a dermatologist will offer you an expert opinion and guide you on the right treatment path.
Management includes using products for sensitive skin; topical and / or oral products on prescription; and medical grade laser treatments to target the broken veins, redness and flushing.
You should also:
Anyone can develop rosacea, but you are more likely to suffer if:
The number of treatments needed, will depend on the site and the extent of the affected area. Small veins on the face normally disperse just after 1-2 laser treatments at 6-week intervals. IPL may take 4 sessions at 2-week intervals.
Depending on the type of light treatment used, some mild stinging or burning may be noticed during the procedure, and the area treated may feel hot for roughly 15 minutes after treatment. However, during treatment the skin is cooled, which reduces this stinging sensation and a cooling gel is applied afterwards.
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Here at Stratum Dermatology Clinics, we understand how skin conditions can reduce confidence and self esteem. Rosacea cannot be cured but treatments can be used to control and alleviate the symptoms.
We work with leading experts in the field of dermatology to ensure you have the best experience and treatment. Stratum Dermatology Clinics are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, are part of the British Association of Dermatologists and are top rated by patients on Doctify so you can assure safe and effective acne treatment with us.