Rosacea is a condition which affects approx 5% of white skinned people. It is unknown what causes rosacea and the condition is never cured but can be controlled.
It usually begins as a redness on the nose, cheeks, forehead or chin, & less commonly on the neck and chest. This may come and go.
As the condition progresses, small red blood vessels may appear and the skin may look angry and at times dry. Pustules and papules which look like acne may appear. In advanced cases the nose can develop hard red lumps called lobules. Please note this condition is not related to acne. Do not use acne treatments or you could make the condition worse.
It can affect both sexes but is three times more common in women. The usual age of onset is 30 to 60 years, unfortunately lifelong treatment is usually required, but using a combination of treatments we can control even the most severe cases of rosacea.
What Can I do?
There are certain things you can do to reduce the severity of rosacea.
- IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments are extremely effective in treating rosacea. Usually 2 to 6 treatments are required. 2 to 4 weeks apart. This treatment will also treat any broken capillaries caused by the rosacea. Regular maintenance treatments are then required every 3 to 6 months
- LED photo therapy has been successful in reducing rosacea symptoms and is much more gentle than IPL therapy
- Many people will notice triggers which can make the condition worse. These may include wine, spicy food, extremes of heat and cold, some skincare or make up
- Skincare is important. Use a gentle cleanser which is non irritating. Apply a vitamin B serum to assist in healing the skin. A low level vitamin A cream and a low level AHA cream appear to be beneficial. Protection from the sun is extremely important and the daily application of a zinc based sunscreen is essential.
- Many additives in make up can make the condition worse. If you wish to use make up, a pure mineral make up is the most suitable. Mineral make up is anti inflammatory to help the redness and is non irritating
- Oral antibiotics and creams available on prescription from your doctor can also be of great benefit
Discuss a treatment plan for you today with you Jeune practitioner.