What is Rosacea ?

It is a common skin condition of the face which normally affects the nose, cheeks, forehead and sometimes the chin. It often begins with a tendency to blush, or flush more easily than other people causing a red-faced look.  As the condition progresses, small blood vessels, tiny pimples/acne – like breakouts, and dry irritated areas can appear on, and around, the reddened area, early diagnosis and prompt treatment can halt the progress of the condition.

Although the exact cause is not known it is NOT a form of common acne or acne vulgaris, but is often called “acne rosacea” or “adult acne”.

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Rosacea Treatment FAQs

+ What is roasacea?

Rosacea is a common skin condition of the face which normally affects the nose, cheeks, forehead and sometimes the chin. It often begins with a tendency to blush, or flush more easily than other people causing a red-faced look. It effects more women than men between the ages of 30 – 60 years old. As the condition progresses, small blood vessels, tiny pimples/acne – like breakouts, and dry irritated areas can appear on, and around, the reddened area. There are four subtypes of rosacea and early diagnosis and prompt treatment can halt the progress of the condition.

Although the exact cause of rosacea is not known, rosacea is NOT a form of common acne or acne vulgaris, but is often called “acne rosacea” or “adult acne”. However, it is sometimes hard to distinguish from common acne. Unlike common acne, with rosacea there are no blackheads or comedones and the redness tends to go through episodes of improvement and worsening. Certain trigger factors are now known which are believed to produce dilation or widening of the blood vessels, on the surface of the face, which makes the redness worse. These trigger factors include: stress, sun or wind exposure, spicy foods, alcohol and exposure to extremely hot or cold weather. Obviously patients with rosacea should attempt to avoid any of the above trigger factors which may cause their condition to flare or worsen.

+ How can we treat it?

Rosacea cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. Treatment is specific to each individual as symptoms will vary from one patient to another. By seeing your GP/Dermatologist they can make sure you have a diagnosis of rosacea and treat the discomfort , redness, spots and dry skin associated with rosacea. These treatments are available on prescription, they are usually in the form of creams, gels, tablets or a combination, which usually gain immediate and long term control over the condition. The use of a daily sun screen (SPF 25+) which is light and easily absorbed and can be used all year round and is highly recommended and a non irritating skin regime. As mentioned above avoiding the recognised trigger factors will also contribute to control your rosacea.

At Laserase we use the Regenlite Laser to significantly reduce the reddening skin condition and acne like outbreaks associated with rosacea. It may be necessary after approximately 3 treatments at monthly intervals, or once the extensive redness has been reduced, to see our vascular clinician to treat any visible red thread veins. This will help reduce the overall red faced appearance. Once the rosacea is under control you will be advised to maintain the treatment with top up treatments. How often you need these top up treatments is very individual and depends on how well controlled your rosacea symptoms are.

+ Is laser treatment uncomfortable?

Some slight discomfort may be felt during the treatment which is usually well tolerated by majority of patients. After treatment the skin may feel “tingly” and warm.

+ What are the side affects of laser treatment?

Patients will see some redness of the area treated post treatment which may last 5 minutes to 1 hour. Small areas of bruising can occur which may last up to 7 days. We cannot treat patients if they are tanned and patients need to keep their face out of the sun following treatment as they will be more prone to burning.

More detailed information on treatment regimes, pre and post treatment care will be discussed at your free consultation to tailor make a treatment plan for your individual needs. If you would like to book a consultation to discuss your rosacea treatment please call or make an enquiry via the email or telephone number below. We are only too happy to help.