Rosacea: what is it and how can you treat it?
12 February 2016
Rosacea is a common skin condition which usually appears between the ages of 30 and 50. But what exactly is it and how can it be treated?
Experts describe Rosacea as a “vascular disorder associated with flushing, redness and visible blood vessels”. Sufferers may also experience slight swelling due to the increase in blood flow when skin flushes.
It is thought that the condition is aggravated by stress, with alcohol and spicy foods both known triggers. Although people of all races can be affected, sufferers predominantly have pale complexions.
If left untreated, it is possible for Rosacea to worsen over time. There are four main stages to look out for:
- Your skin flushes in response to consuming alcohol or spicy food, or when you’re under stress – but returns to normal afterwards. This is known as pre-Rosacea.
- Your skin remains flushed up to 30 minutes after triggers are removed, and you can feel an itchy or burning sensation – otherwise known as early stage Rosacea.
- Your facial flushes become more intense and more frequent. You may also notice bumps and lesions that look like Acne. During this middle stage, vascular damage occurs which can lead to long-lasting redness and swelling.
- Your sebaceous glands become larger on your cheeks and nose, which leads to coarse, thick skin and additional inflammation and swelling. This is known as advanced Rosacea.
It is recommended to seek expert advice if you think you may suffer from Rosacea to prevent it from becoming worse. You may find that reducing your level of stress, quitting smoking, and cutting dairy, alcohol and spicy food from your diet may help you to manage your symptoms.
A popular solution for Rosacea is PPx/Isolaz laser treatment which helps to improve the condition of skin within up to 48 hours. Very quick and virtually pain-free, it’s currently one of the most effective treatments for many skin conditions including Rosacea, Facial Thread Veins and Adult Acne.
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