Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition which primarily affects the face, and causes skin redness through visible tiny blood vessels. Thankfully there are treatment options open for you.
Rosacea appears as superficial dilated blood vessels causing redness and possibly swelling, mostly found close to the centre of the face. Symptoms include facial flushing, mostly due to the patient being exposed to changes in the environment. This aspect’s appearance can range from gentle, slight flushing of the face to intense redness and irritation. Additionally, the rosacea can sometimes show as raised red bumps on the face. Suffering from rosacea means different things to different people. Some people may have episodes of flushing but other symptoms, such as burning and stinging sensations may bypass them completely. Some may get it here and there whilst some get dogged persistence. You will probably be somewhere in between if you suffer from rosacea. You will also be fully aware of one or more common symptoms from the list below.
Treating rosacea does not need to be a difficult subject. We have various options open to you at Derma Revive for treating rosacea. After a thorough rosacea consultation in clinic we will be able to ascertain the best treatment option for you based on your past medical history. IPL is one of the most effective treatments currently available for rosacea. By applying laser or IPL energy on rosacea to cauterise broken capillaries, the practitioner can cut off the blood supply without damaging the epidermis or surrounding tissue. Once blood is no longer supplied to the broken capillaries, it is naturally absorbed and expelled by the body. We also have a Visia analysis machine which will help in determining the best cause of action for you. Depending on your actual case we also can offer LED light therapy as part of the treatment plan.
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Rosacea, as skin conditions go, can be a difficult condition to pin a cause to. Often symptoms will come and go for a while. Rosacea specialists will talk about triggers. These are single or combined episodes of exposure to an external or internal factor that cause anything from redness to severe inflammation. But, it is not clearly known what causes the condition to start in the first place. Possible causes point to the immune system reacting to the external factors. Rosacea can’t always be prevented however, but triggers should be avoided where possible.
Below we list a selection of common triggers. It may be the case that you have more than one personal trigger. It is possible that your particular trigger is not on the list as there are many possible causes, some are rarer than others. If you do suffer from rosacea then learning about your certain triggers are of vital importance to help you manage the condition and aid you in finding an effective treatment. Knowing what things cause you problems will help you learn about your condition and help you avoid triggers that either start, or make the rosacea worse.
This is the most common trigger for rosacea flare ups. Even a fleeting sun exposure can be associated with rosacea. If you suffer from rosacea then avoiding the sun is a good place to start. Find a high SPF that your skin can tolerate well and apply whenever you might be exposed to any sunlight.
Those who drink alcohol and suffer from alcohol related rosacea will know to avoid it to prevent flare ups. Severe cases can experience extreme facial redness after less than one glass of beer or wine. It can seem as though the alcohol has just passed the lips before the redness starts. If you must drink, it might be worth trying different drinks to see if changing it up makes a difference.
Apart from the sun, other weather factors that can increase the chance of you developing rosacea include the wind, and the cold. Also, airborne pollutants may be a trigger for you. Working out what you have been exposed to before the episode of rosacea, focuses the hunt for a potential culprit. Look out for sprays such as hairspray or deodorant for clues for reducing symptoms. Examine all substances that come into contact with your skin. Including all your skincare products.
The trigger of hot drinks is more likely due to the heat in the drink, rather than the actual ingredients, unless you are drinking a hot toddy! To reduce redness, try to drop the temperature. It is worth seeing if the rosacea is being triggered by a specific drink though, as dairy is often cited as a trigger. Reduce the temperature and switch things up by trying cooler herbal teas, and leaving out the milk may help you.
Any form of exercise can cause the appearance of mild rosacea symptoms in any person. Rosacea sufferers will know that exercise often causes more than mild symptoms of rosacea. The thing is that exercise can be beneficial for bodily cells so you should not stop. Managing facial redness by modifying your exercise is a kind of rosacea treatment in itself. Modifying your workout so you keep cooler is the best general advice.
Spicy food is a very common rosacea trigger. Long sufferers will be fully aware that a small amount of the wrong food can set off the persistent redness. The obvious thing is to look carefully at the ingredients to see if you can narrow the culprit down.
A rosacea specialist will mention cheese, or dairy in general. He or she will also mention fruits that contain histamine. To help rule foods out, all rosacea patients should keep a food diary to identify certain triggers as a matter of course. It might be the case you might find that there is more than one food that will set off the skin disease, or a certain combination of more than one ingredient.
If you are struggling to find a cause for your rosacea then the trigger might just be stress. As with a food diary you could try writing a ‘stress diary’ before the symptoms of rosacea become apparent. Consultant dermatologists will sometimes overlook this if the patient says they don’t suffer from stress but it is another possible factor you should look into reducing in your armour of effective treatments.
Rosacea and acne are often confused. Other similar conditions such as seborrhoeic dermatitis are sometimes compared too. All conditions can strike at any age, more or less but rosacea is pretty rare for those aged under their 30’s. With regard to the areas they attack, rosacea is nearly always found around the centre of the face, whereas the other two are found in other various places, including the face. Rosacea is particularly difficult to diagnose on dark skin. If you have been diagnosed with rosacea and have doubts, or are not sure if you have it or not, please mention this when booking your consultation.
Is laser treatment viable as rosacea treatment?
Yes and no. This really depends on your particular case. Laser therapy may be an option but we would like you to have consultation before we explore laser treatments. A Laser treatment may be an option to treat small blood vessels.
What is ocular rosacea?
This is a type of potentially severe rosacea that affects the eyes. The condition may have to be managed with the help of an eye specialist. Treatments will vary depending on the severity. If you have any eye problems please mention it at your consultation. You may need oral antibiotics or eyedrops to treat ocular rosacea. Other treatments include applying warm compresses and other eye cleansing methods.
I only have a few visible blood vessels, is this rosacea?
Maybe not, it might be another condition called telangiectasia. This condition will respond well to treatment, but needs to be handled differently. Book in for a free consultation and we will advise you.
Will the IPL for Rosacea treatment hurt?
Some patients report slight discomfort during the rosacea treatment but this will depend on your tolerance.
I am worried that my rosacea will result in a bulbous nose.
This is a possibility but very rare. This extra condition of rosacea affects men in the main and is thought to result from untreated rosacea. Oral antibiotics can be prescribed if you do suffer from this but there are other treatments available.
Is rosacea caused by poor hygiene?
No, poor hygiene has nothing to do with rosacea. But the over use of soap and other products containing chemicals may facilitate a worsening effect.
Can rosacea affect all skin types?
Yes, but is found more often in people with lighter skin. A typical skin clinic in the UK will see less diagnoses of those with darker skin but that is weighed with the fact that it’s more difficult to spot, then actually diagnose.
We feel we have the best options for you if you are looking for London rosacea treatments. We have medical expertise in this field and can offer you a free consultation to discuss our treatments.
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