Does your face go red after just one glass of wine? Perhaps you get a strange livid bright rash after having a shower? Rosacea is a condition which appears quickly once you’ve been exposed to whatever triggers a reaction and it can be very embarrassing. It manifests itself as a deep blush, or sometimes it looks similar to sunburn.
People who are unaware that you suffer with rosacea may think that you’ve had too much alcohol when you haven’t, or that you are blushing when you’re not. The skin flashes red across the cheeks, nose and forehead before disappearing. More advanced symptoms occur after you’ve had the condition for a while. Blood vessels under the skin may become visible. You may experience spots and pimples. Itching, burning and stinging sensations are also common.
April marks Rosacea Awareness Month, a month designated by the National Rosacea Society in the US and adopted by many people here in the UK to educate the public on this common but often misunderstood facial skin disorder.
In Britain, it is estimated that a staggering one in 10 people suffers from rosacea, and that about one in 600 people are diagnosed with the condition every year. Yet, despite how widespread rosacea is, the condition is still widely misunderstood.
If you have rosacea, you’ve probably come into contact with some of the myths and assumptions associated with the skin disorder. People often associate rosacea with heavy drinking, or assume that bumps and pimples caused by rosacea are the result of poor personal hygiene. As you no doubt know from personal experience, this is untrue. Rosacea has nothing to do with personal hygiene and, although alcohol can trigger a flare-up for some people, many teetotallers suffer too.
If you are someone who suffers from rosacea, you may not have pinpointed the cause or found the best way of managing the condition yet. In our recent blog, Understanding and treating rosacea, we looked at factors such as stress, sun exposure, extreme temperatures, and strenuous exercise that can exacerbate the condition. We also explored common treatments, such as:
- Topical medications for treating papules and pustules
- Oral antibiotics
- Oral isotretinoin
- Brimonidine Tartrate for facial redness and flushing
- Oral treatments such as clonidine, beta-blockers, and anxiety medications
- Laser and IPL
In this week’s blog, we wanted to look at IPL treatments for rosacea in more detail.
Rosacea is a common skin condition that mainly affects the face. At this stage, the medical profession’s understanding about what causes it as well as finding a definitive cure is a work in progress.
Several factors have been attributed to causing rosacea, including abnormalities in the facial blood vessels and a reaction to microscopic mites commonly found on the face. We also know that, if you suffer from rosacea, it may become worse as a result of: