Rosacea and redness 2017-04-02T13:01:47+00:00

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Rosacea and redness

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a facial rash that affects those over the age of 30 years. It may cause some or all of the following features:

  • Redness and flushing – which is usually occasional at first but then becomes permanent
  • Thread veins 
  • Red spots and whiteheads
  • Thickening of the soft tissues leading to dilated pores and a bulbous nose. This is known as rhinophyma

The cause of rosacea is unknown. Several theories have been proposed including abnormalities in the way nerves communicate with blood vessels, and an immunological reaction against commonly found skin organisms. The end result however is inflammation, which causes the symptoms associated with rosacea.

Rosacea most commonly affects fair skinned individuals who have had a lot of sun exposure in their life time. The tendency towards developing rosacea can run in families as well.

Redness and flushing can be made worse by the following:

  • Sun exposure
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Spicy foods
  • Stress

Because rosacea affects the face, and is visible, sufferers may find it embarrassing, and affect their self-confidence. Rosacea frequently causes sensitivity, burning sensations and soreness which can be debilitating. Fortunately treatment is usually effective and can be life transforming.

Rosacea treatments at Belgravia Dermatology

  • Detailed consultation and skin analysis by a Dermatologist to design an individualised treatment plan

  • Advice on lifestyle factors which may improve the skin condition

  • A bespoke skin care regime to suit your skin type

  • Prescription creams containing medications designed to reduce inflammation, spots and redness

  • Prescription tablets designed to reduce inflammatory spots

How effective are treatments for rosacea and redness?

It is usually possible to control rosacea with a combination of lifestyle changes and prescription medications. Rosacea is a chronic condition and so maintenance treatment is usually required to maintain any improvements.

What should I do next?

If you suffer from a rosacea or redness then please arrange to see one of our Dermatologists who will be happy to help.

“Because rosacea affects the face, and is visible, sufferers may find it embarrassing, and affect their self-confidence. Sensitivity, burning sensations and soreness  can be debilitating. Fortunately treatment is usually effective and can be life transforming.”

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