Rosacea treatments: what can you do when a flushed face is spoiling your self-confidence?

Rosacea treatments: what can you do when a flushed face is spoiling your self-confidence?

8 September 2015

Rosacea can be an incredibly frustrating skin complaint. The condition causes unsightly red inflammation, usually to the face, which can be uncomfortable and sensitive.

There are four types of rosacea: persistent redness or temporary flushing, papules (red bumps) or pustules (pus-filled spots), thickening and distortion of the skin and Ocular Rosacea, which irritates the eyes and leads to recurrent styes. 

The condition can be tricky to treat because it causes the skin to become extremely sensitive and because it most commonly affects the face it’s also difficult to conceal beneath clothes, often leaving patients feeling self-conscious and under confident.

Though help is at hand if you’re struggling with the condition! First off, a diligent skin care routine is crucial for dealing with Rosacea. Emollient moisturisers will help to repair your skin’s natural barriers as well as reducing dryness and discomfort. You should also avoid using products that are harsh on the skin. It may feel like you’re giving your face a really good clean by using scrubs and toners, but in fact for most rosacea patients these cosmetics are far too harsh for their delicate skin and can worsen a flair-up.

Learning to recognise what triggers your Rosacea can also be a big step managing the condition. Common factors include particularly hot or cold temperatures, UV exposure, hot drinks, spicy food, alcohol, exercise and changes in mood.

Laser treatments are a highly effective treatment for Rosacea as the physically shrink they dilated blood vessels which cause the redness. PPx Lasers use Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to remove unwanted redness from the skin tone, revealing a fresh, healthy complexion.

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