Rosacea is a common skin condition that mainly affects the face.
A chronic inflammatory skin condition, Rosacea predominantly effects fair skin (although is known to affect other skin types) and women aged between 30 – 50. Rosacea is very uncommon in children and although not as common in men compared to women, Rosacea tends to be more severe in men if affected.
What are the symptoms of Rosacea?
Rosacea can be an embarrassing skin condition for those affected.
The symptoms of Rosacea tend to fluctuate and can include;
Where can Rosacea appear?
Rosacea generally appears on the face, mainly around the central part of the face including the nose, chin, cheeks and forehead.
What causes Rosacea
Unfortunately, the exact causes of Rosacea are still unknown, however, there are some factors that are thought to play a part;
- Immune system
- Abnormalities in the blood vessels
- Environmental factors
- Bacteria (found within the digestive system)
What Triggers Rosacea?
Rosacea is known as a relapsing skin condition, there are times when it isn’t so bad and other times where it will flare up. Each individuals Rosacea condition is unique to them and may flare up due to a number of factors including;
- Sunlight exposure
- Extreme weather (hot or cold)
- Strenuous exercise
- Specific types of foods
- Dairy Products
- Certain medication
Can you treat Rosacea?
Although Rosacea cannot be cured, it can be controlled and managed and shouldn’t be left untreated as it will tend to worsen over time. Early diagnosis and treatment could potentially help to stop Rosacea from getting worse. If you are aware of the triggers to your Rosacea, try to avoid them.
Treatments to help manage and control Rosacea include;
- Oral medications prescribed by a doctor, for example antibiotics to help clear up any pimples, inflammation and redness
- Topical treatments (creams and gels) prescribed by a doctor
- Laser and Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL)
- Chemical Peels (The Perfect Peel). Some patients with Rosacea may not be able to have a chemical peel as sufferers tend to have sensitive skin. However, The Perfect Peel was formulated specifically for sensitive skin. One of the main ingredients within The Perfect Peel is salicylic acid, which is known to help with inflammation.
Can you prevent Rosacea?
Rosacea is not contagious or infectious, although unfortunately it cannot be prevented. However, there do tend to be pre-warning signs to this condition that allow you to act in order to limit the impact of this skin condition. Pre-warning signs include;
- Highly sensitive skin that reacts badly to some skincare products.
- Frequently flushed or blushed skin that tend to be triggered by hot or cold weather, alcoholic drinks or spicy foods.
Suspect you have Rosacea?
If you are showing early signs of Rosacea or are already experiencing the symptoms of Rosacea, visit your local GP. There aren’t currently any tests for Rosacea, however a doctor will be able to assess your skin visually and validate whether or not you have this skin condition.