What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic condition which affects the skin on the
face and is characterised by flare ups and periods of remission.
It affects approximately 1 in 10 people in the UK and usually
occurs around middle age in fair skinned individuals, women being
more commonly affected, however men often have more severe
symptoms. It initially starts with facial flushing and
redness and telangiectasia become more prominent (these are tiny
blood vessels under the skin). Some people also suffer from
small red spots (papules) and small cysts (pustules), this is
called acne rosacea and may remain if left untreated. Some
people also suffer from eye problems and also thickening of the
skin, especially of the nose which is known as rhinophyma (bulbous
bumpy nose). The mid face - cheeks, nose, forehead and chin are the
most commonly affected areas. Patients may have some or all
of these symptoms.
What Causes Rosacea?
The exact cause is unknown and although these is no known cure
there are medical therapies available to control the symptoms.
Treatments vary depending on the individual patient and the
symptoms they experience and may need to be altered depending on
the severity of the symptoms.
Various oral and topical medications may be prescribed to treat
the acne and there is now a medication available which reduces the
redness. This often brings the condition under control and
then topical medication can help to maintain remission.
Flushing is often brought on by trigger factors eg, spicy
food, alcohol, extremes of temperature, stress so it is important
to avoid these trigger factors if possible. Avoid strong
sunlight too and if outside always wear a high SPF 30+ and wear a
hat too. Use gentle skin care or skin care specifically for
rosacea to prevent aggravating the condition.
To treat the telangiectasia (small red blood vessels) IPL or
laser is often used to destroy these vessels but without damaging
the surrounding tissues.
LED Phototherapy is often used to treat the redness of
Should you suffer from rosacea and are unsure of what treatments
are best for you Allure Aesthetics offer a variety of treatments
from specialist Rosacea skin care to LED Phototherapy. Call
today for a free no obligation consultation.