It is not unusual for many of us to experience red flushes occasionally, but for one in ten people in the UK, persistent redness on the face is a problem. If you have redness and also other symptoms, like spots, visible blood vessels and dry, thickened skin, you might be suffering from a skin condition called Rosacea.
Rosacea affects the face and is a chronic condition classified within the acne family and often mistaken for it. It is a rash affecting the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose typically with a spotty breakout, redness, dilated/broken blood vessels and small red bumps, it is slightly more prevalent in women aged 30 – 50 and those of a fair skin complexion. It can be more severe in men of the same age who suffer its more severe forms that include scarring and a bulbous nose which is known as rhinophyma. Rosacea can cause eye symptoms (dryness, itchiness) and inflammation of the eyelid not found in acne. If untreated rosacea can cause scarring.
There is no known cure, but laser treatments can reduce symptoms
The causes of rosacea are unknown and, unfortunately, there is currently no cure. However, treatments have evolved considerably and if you suffer from Rosacea you can now enjoy clearer, smoother, stress-free skin. The inflammation that accompanies it can be treated with topical skincare products and applications, oral antibiotics/isotretinoin. Regenlite laser which is very successful at painlessly shrinking the visible blood vessels. An eye specialist will need to care for more severe cases involving the eye and surgery can address severe cases where there is scarring of the nose. Treatment options include:
- Dermatology consultation and prescription medication.
- Regenlite laser by Chromogenex
- Medical grade skin peels
- Dietary and lifestyle advice
- Recommended medical grade skin care products