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Rosacea

04-03-2021

Rosacea is a common skin condition, usually occurring on the face, which most frequently affects fair-skinned people but may affect all skin types.

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Rosacea is a common skin condition that mainly affects the face, especially the cheeks, nose and chin.

Its features are caused by inflammation of the skin, which results in flushing and redness. While the symptoms come and go in severity, it, unfortunately, tends to be a long-term issue.

It’s more common in women but, generally speaking, tends to be more severe in men. It’s also more common in people over the age of 30, and in those with fair skin. At present, it can't be cured, but there are ways to help manage the symptoms!

What Are The Symptoms Of Rosacea?

Flushing – one of the main symptoms, is when your skin reddens involuntarily due to the widening of blood vessels, usually in the face. It can last for a few minutes and happen frequently.

Persistent redness – this tends to occur mainly on the cheeks, nose and chin. It can look similar to a sunburn that doesn’t go away, or blotchy in appearance like from drinking too much alcohol.

Red bumps/spots – these can resemble acne and may be tender to touch.

Small visible blood vessels – these become dilated making them visible underneath the skin. These can be more prominent on the nose and cheeks.

Eye problems – can include red, sore eyes and eyelids, as well as dryness, irritation and sensitivity to light.

Other symptoms associated with rosacea include sensitive skin & dry skin..

There are a number of things that can trigger or cause rosacea flare-ups. These include:

  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Stress
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Alcohol and caffeine
  • Certain foods, such as dairy products or spicy foods
  • Hot or cold weather
  • Certain components within cosmeticsrosacea before and after ipl


Treatments

Medications

There are some medications that can be prescribed to help treat rosacea. Topical gels and creams are often an effective type of treatment. These are applied once or twice a day and may take several weeks to show improvement.

Tablet antibiotics may also be prescribed to help manage the symptoms of rosacea as they can help to reduce inflammation.

Other Treatments

Standard prescription medications are often very good at dealing with the 'spotty' aspects of rosacea but tend to be less effective at treating the redness that's associated with it.

We've found that it's best to tackle all aspects of the condition and commonly combine standard therapies with IPL (intense pulsed light), ilumifacials, and Hydrafacials among others.

James Dean
Written by James Dean
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