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.

Another aim of Rosacea Awareness Month is to urge anyone who might have rosacea to seek medical advice, diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. Many people overlook the initial symptoms, hoping they will be temporary, only to see the condition become more severe over time.

Laser treatments for rosacea

There are a number of different treatments available to address the symptoms of rosacea, although none present a cure at this stage. Here at The Private Skin Laser Clinic, we are most involved with using laser and light sources to keep the symptoms of rosacea at bay but, because our team are all experienced dermatologists, we can also help you explore medication and combination treatments to achieve the best outcomes.

Laser technology is a well-established treatment option for removing visible blood vessels and reducing the redness associated with rosacea. The energy in the laser works to destroy the targeted blood vessels without damaging the surrounding healthy cells.

Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment can also be very effective for treating rosacea.

In one controlled study published in Lasers in Medical Science in 2002, it was found that patients with rosacea who were treated with lasers experienced a 75% visible reduction in blood vessels, a 55% reduction in flushing, and a 50% reduction in redness. However, the treatment had no effect on papules and pustules. Fourteen years later, and laser treatment still offers outstanding outcomes in most cases.

You may need a course of several laser or IPL treatments to manage the symptoms of your rosacea but, for many people, the results are significant and hugely positive.

Find out more about Rosacea Awareness Month

If you’d like to find out more about Rosacea Awareness Month, the National Rosacea Society has an active Facebook page. You might also want to check out the National Rosacea Society weblog for the latest news and views on rosacea. Although the National Rosacea Society is an American organisation and we are not connected to it in any way, we think it’s a great starting point for information about rosacea.

If you believe you have rosacea and are not currently under the care of a dermatologist, or you would like to explore having laser treatment for rosacea in North London, please do call us at The Private Skin Laser Clinic on 0207 435 7521 to see how we can help.