Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that primarily affects the face of adults causing facial redness, flushing, bumps, pimples, and visible blood vessels. It typically affects those between 35-50 years of age and is more common in women with fair skin. If you have persistent redness on the centre of your face for over 3 months, you probably have Rosacea.
Realistic expectations are essential, as Rosacea is a medical condition and we consider treatment to be management rather than a cure. Treatment aims to try and prevent the Rosacea worsening and reducing the frequency and severity of flare-ups.
Treatment must be tailored to each individual. Treatment options include:
A combination approach of therapies usually achieves the most effective results.
Features of Rosacea include burning or stinging, with dry and thickened skin and sensitivity to cosmetics. Itchiness is not a typical symptom. Rosacea is a chronic condition that typically flares up intermittently. Inflammatory lumps are usually red dome-shaped lumps with or without pustules but not comedones (i.e. no blackheads or whiteheads) which are found in Acne.
While trigger factors can vary between individuals, clinical studies report that the most common triggers for Rosacea are: sun exposure, stress, hot weather, humidity, indoor heat, hot baths, wind and cold weather, heavy exercise, alcohol, spicy foods and hot drinks, certain skincare products and cosmetics.
The following are also known to be triggers:
Yes, there are 4 main types, and patients can have more than one type at the same time. They are:
Identify and avoid trigger factors. Here are some tips:
Before and after images are presented purely as a reference point of the results that can be achieved. Everyone is unique and outcomes will vary and realistic expectations need to be discussed on a case by case basis.
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