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Causes of Rosacea
Rosacea is a non-contagious disorder of the skin which causes inflammation on the face. The first signs are generally frequent flushing or blushing to the face. In later stages, the skin exhibits a permanent flush and sufferers can sometimes develop pimples in the affected areas. It is caused by the enlargement of the blood vessels (capillaries) closest to the surface of the skin. This dilation is what gives rosacea the red flushed appearance.
This long-term skin condition results in redness, swelling, small and superficial blood vessels to become quite visible in the areas affected. Rosacea usually affects areas of the face such as nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.
The cause of rosacea is unknown. However, there are triggers that have been identified as playing a part in its development. These include exposure to extreme temperatures, over-exhausting exercise, burns caused by exposure to ultraviolet light and internal factors such as stress or anxiety.
Certain parts of diets can also trigger rosacea such as alcohol, caffeinated beverages and spicy foods.
If left untreated, rosacea can worsen over time producing other side effects such as more redness around affected areas and rhinophyma which is the thickening and redness of the nose.
The cause of rosacea is unknown and there is no cure for the disorder. If left untreated the symptoms generally worsen with age and in some cases may lead to the development of deformities which cause redness, enlargement and a fibrous thickening of the nose (rhinophyma).
Symptoms of Rosacea
While the cause of rosacea is unknown and there is no cure, we can still offer effective treatment to control the signs and symptoms of this potentially life-disruptive disorder. Common signs include:
Triggers for Rosacea
There are many environmental factors that can trigger rosacea or cause it to worsen. These include:
Treatment Options Available for Rosacea
Options available for the treatment and management of rosacea are dependant on the severity and may include:
Rosacea causes irregular redness or flushing of face, particularly in the cheeks or nasal areas. For treatment, we utilise either one or two methods.
For rhinophyma which is a condition associated with the worsened state of rosacea (usually a large mass on the lower half of your nose), we utilise the CO2 Fractional Skin Resurfacing laser to remove the overgrowth of tissue and to reshape a disfigured nose.
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