Rosacea

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  • Rosacea traits

    Rosacea traits

    Rosacea is characterised by facial redness, red bumps, and pimples.

  • Rosacea Skin Complexion

    Skin Complexion

    Rosacea is more common in people with fairer skin tones since the redness is more visible for those with lighter complexion.

  • Rosacea due to Genetics

    Genetics

    Rosacea has been linked to genetics. It is much more common for those with a family history of the condition.

  • Rosacea Common triggers

    Common triggers

    The most common triggers are extreme fluctuations in temperature, spicy foods and caffeinated beverages

  • Rosacea Mistaken Identity

    Mistaken Identity

    Rosacea early on can appear similar to acne or sensitive skin and as such treating rosacea the same as acne can complicate the issue.

  • Rosacea due to Sun Exposure

    Sun Exposure

    Prolonged sun exposure can exacerbate the skin and cause the rosacea to flare up.

What causes 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 sometime 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 that red flushed appearance.

Typically a condition that affects the face. 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.

A specific 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 as well as internal factors such as stress or anxiety. Certain parts of peoples diets can also trigger rosacea such as alcohol, caffeinated foods and beverages as well as 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).

Common 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 to watch out for include:

Enlarged capillaries (telangiectasis)

Frequent and lasting flush across the nose and cheeks

Yellow-headed pimples on the forehead, cheeks and chin

Non-tender lumps under the skin

Swollen cheeks and nose (hyperplasia)

Frequent blushing

Burning or stinging sensations

Facial rashes

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Environmental triggers for rosacea

There are many environmental factors that can trigger rosacea or cause it to worsen, these include:

Alcohol

Coffee and tea and hot drinks

Spicy foods

Overexposure to sunlight

Anxiety and emotional stress

Overheating, especially in bed at night

Correction and management of Rosacea

Options available for the treatment and management of rosacea are dependant on the severity, and may include:

Treatment options available for rosacea

The avoidance of known triggers such as sun exposure, alcohol and spicy foods

Creams and gels containing antibiotics to be applied to the skin

Two thirds of people have a prolonged remission after a single course of antibiotic. One third relapse within a few months and may require maintenance therapy

Antibiotics such as doxycycline can help reduce the severity of the rash and generally start to work after three to four weeks after commencing the course and take six weeks to completely clear rosacea.

Laser surgery to treat the enlarged capillaries and to reduce inflammation

Laser skin resurfacing to treat the nose, if affected by rhinophyma.

Rosacea – It causes irregular redness or flushing of face, particularly in the cheeks or nasal areas. For treatment we utilise either one or two methods:

We use a Fotona Q-Switch FRAC3 laser to treat the enlarged capillaries and to reduce inflammation which causes the redness.

When it comes to rhinophyma – usually a large mass on the lower half of your nose. This condition associated with worsened state of rosacea we utilise the CO2 Fractional laser for skin resurfacing to remove overgrowth of tissue and to reshape a disfigured nose.

To enquire about the correction of Rosacea at the Cosmetic Medical Clinic Sydney, call us or fill out the form below to send us an online enquiry. We would love the opportunity to organise an obligation and fee free consultation.

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