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:
- Exposure to sunlight
- Strenuous exercise
- Very hot or cold weather
- Hot drinks
- Alcohol and caffeine
- Spicy foods
Symptoms of rosacea usually begin with episodes of facial flushing, where the face turns red for a short period, but you may also experience:
- Permanent redness
- Spots (known as papules and pustules)
- Burning and stinging sensations
- Small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible
If you have rosacea, you might find the condition embarrassing as well as uncomfortable. Unfortunately, this can set a vicious circle in motion where the condition causes you stress and the stress makes the rosacea worse.
Although there is currently no definitive cure for rosacea, a number of treatments are now available to help you keep your symptoms under control and provide as much relief as possible. Many people find they have the greatest success when they combine medical treatment with self-help techniques.
Your doctor will probably have advised you already to avoid anything that you have noticed triggers your symptoms. This might mean staying out of direct sunlight or using a higher factor sun cream, using products for sensitive skin, using special make-up, or reducing your stress levels as much as possible.
Other common treatments include:
- 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 Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment
At The Private Skin Laser Clinic, we have more than 20 years’ experience of using laser treatments to improve the appearance of redness and thread veins caused by rosacea.
The heat/light energy from the lasers is absorbed by the red veins; as the veins heat up, they become damaged which prompts the body to shrink and reabsorb them until they are no longer visible.
This treatment can also work well because the light energy warms up the collagen fibres in your skin, stimulating new collagen and collagen remodelling. This helps the small blood vessels to function properly and can slow down the development of more thread veins.
Seeking treatment for rosacea
If you have rosacea, it is important to seek medical advice. Sometimes health problems such as lupus or the menopause can cause similar symptoms, so your doctor may want to rule them out. As laser and IPL treatment for rosacea is generally not available through the NHS, you may want to book a consultation about your rosacea at the London-based Private Skin Laser Clinic. As we are based in the Dermatology department of the Royal Free Hospital, we are ideally placed to explore a range of treatment options to improve your rosacea.
Book a consultation today by calling 0207 4357521.