What is Rosacea?
Rosacea means, ‘red as a rose’ and is often characterised by inflammation of the skin on the face, causing reddening and flushing. Rosacea treatment.
Rosacea is a chronic condition, which means sufferers have good days and bad days, as a result, flare-ups are erratic and often unpredictable.
What causes Rosacea?
Although the exact cause of Rosacea is unknown, there’s a number of possible factors that may result in rosacea. These include abnormalities in the blood vessels of the face and a reaction to microscopic mites commonly found on the face.
Rosacea or Acne rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition, as a result, it can present as spots on the face associated with redness and flushing.
Episodes of flushing are usually one of the first symptoms associated with rosacea. This means the skin turns red for a short period of time, but as the condition progresses, other symptoms can develop over time.
These symptoms can include:
- Stinging or/ and burning sensations
- Permanent redness
- Spots (papules and pustules)
- Small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible
As this is a relapsing condition, it means there are periods when symptoms are particularly bad and other times they can be a lot less severe.
While the exact cause of rosacea isn’t known, there are often ‘triggers’ that can cause an episode.
Common triggers include:
- Exposure to sunlight
- Strenuous exercise
- Changes in weather (hot or cold)
- Hot drinks
- Alcohol and caffeine
- Certain foods, such as spicy foods
Our patients all have an individualised rosacea treatment plan suited to their condition and any subtypes of their rosacea/ acne rosacea may include.
Our expert dermatologists will always put together a personalised plan in order to produce maximum results for their patients.
Subtypes of rosacea include:
- Pustular or Papular-predominantly with spots
- Telangiectatic-predominantly with redness and broken vessels
What treatments are available?
Which rosacea treatment a patient will have will depend on the severity and subtype of their condition, they could also have a combination of treatments.
Treatments can include:
- Antibiotic creams/gels and ointments
- Anti-inflammatory therapies
- Oral antibiotics
- Oral retinoids
- Laser treatments
Laser treatment is a great option for patients that have visible blood vessels. Laser treatments are effective at shrinking these veins without harming the surrounding skin.
The best laser for rosacea is the pulsed dye laser. Pulsed dye laser treatment emits a beam of light aimed at the visible red blood vessels in the skin to shrink them and make them less visible, furthermore, there is emerging evidence that pulsed dye laser is also effective in reducing the severity of flushing.
Reducing the appearance of rosacea is an important aim of treatment, Medication can help treat the redness, pimples and bumps associated with rosacea, as a result, medication can help reduce the appearance of rosacea.
Skin peels work by exfoliating the top layers of skin, for rosacea, they can help by preventing pores from becoming clogged and by speeding up skin turnover.
A skin-care routine personalised to your condition can be invaluable in helping to control rosacea.
Non-irritating skin-care products are advised with this condition and when creating your treatment plan, we can offer advise and recommend products that will help manage your condition.
A high sunblock is also advised as direct sunlight can often be a trigger and make rosacea symptoms worsen.
What is the best treatment for me?
Treatment for rosacea can be different from person to person. Our dermatologists personalise each treatment plan based on your condition and the severity of it.
Prescription medication is available by a fully trained dermatologist who understands the way the medication works and is able to monitor the treatment carefully, most importantly, the Everything Skin Clinic is one of the very few clinics that can prescribe medication.
The treatments offered to each patient could be one treatment or a combination of different treatments in order to manage the condition in the long term.
Who will carry out my treatment?
At Everything Skin Clinic™, we have a team of highly trained Consultant dermatologists, who have completed specialist training in Dermatology and are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council. All our consultants hold substantive contracts with the best Dermatology centres in leading NHS hospitals. Therefore, you can be certain of the highest quality private dermatology rosacea treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The exact number of treatments you’ll need depends on the severity of your symptoms. During your consultation, we will be able to estimate how many treatments you will need if it’s applicable.
Here’s what our clients are saying about us…
“I first met Dr V. Madan in February who advised medication. Dr Madan explained I had three types of rosacea and consequently needed to treat the inflammation before the redness. He really understood how upset the condition made me – his professionalism and kindness in treating me gave me hope.”
Victoria Tinsley came to Everything Skin Clinic™ in March this year for Rosacea Treatment.