Rosacea is a common skin condition causing redness of the skin, most commonly seen on the face - mostly on the nose and cheeks, but sometimes on the forehead or chin. For some sufferers, the redness will come and go. However, if it is left untreated it can become more permanent and also develop a bumpy texture.
What does it first look like?
The first sign is usually temporary redness, like a blush or slight sunburn - caused by tiny blood vessels called telangiectasia. The redness will gradually become more permanent and noticeable, sometimes resulting in burning, stinging or itching and pimple-like bumps. The eyes may sometimes become watery, bloodshot and irritated - styes and red eyelids are also common.
Who suffers from Rosacea?
Rosacea is most common with fair skinned adults, and less so with those of darker skin. It can occur at any age, however it is more common from your 30s and 40s. It is more common in women than men, children rarely suffer from rosacea and those who do suffer usually have more sensitive skin.
What causes Rosacea?
It is not known what causes redness exactly, but we have determined which environmental factors can make it worse. It is not contagious; it is not acne. There is no cure however we have options to treat the appearance of Rosacea.
What triggers Rosacea?
Generally speaking, if it makes you hot or flushed it will affect your Rosacea.
- Exposure to sunlight
- Emotional stress
- Sudden tempreature changes
- Hot drinks
- Saunas, hot baths or showers
- Strenuous exercise
- Spicy food
- Some skin care products
- Some medications
Does Rosacea get worse with ageing?
Rosacea is unpredictable, however if it is left untreated is can get worse. If you avoid the trigger factors the redness is less likely to return.
How does it affect skin condition?
Some may experience dry (sometimes flaky) or oily skin as a result of Rosacea. It is always recommended to check with your doctor or therapist if your skin care is right for you.
How can you minimise the appearance of Rosacea?
- Avoid the triggers
- Be aware of sun exposure and sun protection
- Use gently skin care, including soaps
How can Rosacea be treated?
Everyone's treatment plan will be specifically designed for them. Laser treatments are recommended to some sufferers. We advise a consultation so we can examine your skin and work our a tailored treatment plan for you.