Science poorly understands rosacea, but it remains an extremely common skin condition that mainly affects the face. It results in redness, swelling, pimples, and small and superficial blood vessels that become visible on the surface of the skin. Often the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin are the most commonly affected areas of the face. Sadly, there is no cure because this is a recurring skin condition, though it can be managed efficiently with specialist treatments. We think it’s important to understand this skin condition before even considering treatment, because this way you will know what to expect, how to avoid flare-ups in the future, and how to tailor your lifestyle to best suit your skin.
What causes rosacea?
The exact cause of rosacea isn’t known, though there are a number of possible influences and factors that encourage its development. There are several recognised triggers that have been identified as aiding its development, including abnormalities in the blood vessels that causes them to become both dilated and visible. Flare-ups occur in response to stimuli such as prolonged exposure to sunlight, stress, and hot or cold weather. Similarly, hot drinks, alcohol or caffeine, and spicy foods are known to be stimulants of inflamed rosacea. Even strenuous exercise can cause the redness and pustules to become more pronounced. This diverse condition spectrum makes the causes of it hard to pinpoint, but they all group together to suggest the skin’s reactions to certain stimulants and environmental factors cause this kind of inflammation. One of the ways to treat rosacea is to try and prevent a flare-up in the first place. Because this condition is recurring and comes with periods of improvement and fluctuation, its best to avoid the aspects that you believe or have notice cause your reactions. Broad-spectrum sun protection, avoiding problematic foods, and maybe trying topical creams could benefit further reactions.
Rosacea and your mind-set
As with any long-term condition, rosacea potentially carries with it an adverse psychological affect. Because it sits on particularly visible parts of us, i.e. the skin on our face, it can really affect the self-esteem of those who suffer with it. It can change how you feel about yourself, how you interact with others, and frustrate you. It’s important to acknowledge that though this condition isn’t curable, it’s entirely possible to manage and control. The best way to do this is to commit to a treatment plan to places you and your skin at the centre. Preserving your treatment plan as well as avoiding your triggers for inflammation will combine to produce you the most effective results possible.
How do you treat rosacea?
There are certain creams and gels that work as a topical medication for rosacea, and there are oral medications used to clear up some of the pustules. However, IPL treatments (intense pulsed light treatments) are helpful for those experiencing visible blood vessels in the skin. This treatment uses a concentrated beam of light to ‘zap’ the skin in the target area. The visible veins here absorb the light and their walls are broken down. The body then reabsorbs these broken veins and recycles them through natural processes. The Private Skin Laser Clinic offers IPL treatment for rosacea, and we’d be happy to meet you for a consultation about your skin’s needs.
Rosacea may be incurable, but there are plenty ways to control it and manage it. If you’re considering IPL and laser treatments for rosacea, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our skin professionals. Call 020 7435 7521 or enquire online today.