Rosacea: Get the Facts on its Causes, Symptoms and Treatments
Rosacea. Those unfamiliar with this term may easily mistake it for a type of flower or a rose variety. In truth, it’s nowhere near as sweet or romantic.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder, characterised by a persistent redness on the face, prominence of broken capillaries, and presence of acne-like papules and pustules. It’s a condition easily misunderstood and, when left untreated, can have a profound effect on every aspect of a person’s life.
Known to affect people between the ages of 30 and 50, this condition occurs more often in fair-skinned individuals, those who blush easily, as well as those with relatives afflicted with the condition.
What triggers the condition?
At present, the medical community remains unsure as to the exact, underlying causes of rosacea. However, several factors have been identified to set off or worsen the symptoms of the condition. These include alcohol, hot drinks and spicy food, hot baths, temperature variations, stress, sun exposure, and skin care products containing alcohol.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms may vary, but sufferers typically share the following symptoms:
- Excessive blushing – The patient may experience frequent flushing or redness on the nose, cheeks and forehead. Slight swelling or a burning sensation may also be felt.
- Acne-like breakouts – Rosacea may also be mistaken for acne due to the presence of red papules and pustules on the skin.
- Blood vessels become more visible – Tiny blood vessels become more apparent the more advanced the condition is.
- Thicker skin – The central region of the face, particularly the nose, may also get thicker and coarser.
- Eye problems – Up to 50% of patients also acquire eye problems, such as redness, inflammation, itching, and sensitivity to light.
How is the condition treated?
Various treatment options are available today to manage rosacea; this would, however, depend on its severity. For mild rosacea, oral antibiotics, creams and gels can be used to improve the condition. Dietary tweaks, such as the avoidance of common food triggers, are also advised.
For severe rosacea, patients may require a longer-term treatment that combines prescription medications along with topical products.
As skin and cosmetic plastic surgery specialists, our team at The Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery Clinic has helped many rosacea sufferers cope with this skin condition through our effective and state-of-the art rosacea treatment.
We use the KTP laser technology to target prominent facial veins and capillaries. The laser provides dramatic and relatively pain-free results by sending a pulse of energy into visible capillaries, causing them to vaporise and decrease in redness. This treatment is performed by our well-trained and highly qualified cosmetic nurses, and takes about 15-45 minutes. It has no downtime, which means patients can resume their activities immediately after the procedure. Patients are advised though, to avoid hot showers, sun exposure, strenuous exercise and eating hot food 24-48 hours after the treatment since the heat can restore and open up the veins again.
Rosacea can be extremely distressing when unmanaged. Don’t let this condition affect you for life. Get the right information and treatment for this condition by talking to the experts at The Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery Clinic. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today and let us help you look and feel better.
Our qualified and friendly team can also assist you with all your facial and cosmetic surgery needs. We offer a range of highly effective solutions – from non-surgical procedures like fraxel laser treatment, to safe and rejuvenating facial cosmetic surgery methods.