Rosacea is an inflammatory condition that mainly affects the cheeks, forehead and nose.
Symptoms can include:
- Episodes of flushing where the skin becomes red for short periods of time.
- Itchy, stingy and burning skin.
- Permanent redness, which often appears dry.
- Small white and yellow pimples on the skin which may become fluid filled (pustules).
- Thread veins, which gradually become larger.
- Irritation of the eyes, which may appear red and watery. Styes and visual problems can also develop.This is known as ocular rosacea.
- Thickening and inflammation of the nose. This can become bulbous and develop into a condition called rhinophyma.
At Health & Aesthetics in Farnham, Elstead, Godalming, we offer highly effective laser treatment which has shown great results in reducing the symptoms of rosacea in many of our patients who visit the clinic from throughout Surrey and Hampshire.
What are the triggers for rosacea?
Common triggers for rosacea ‘flare ups’ include: spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, temperature changes, exposure to the sun or wind, stress and skin products, such as oils and moisturisers.
The condition can often be hereditary. However, the exact cause is unknown.
Who suffers from rosacea?
Rosacea mainly affects people with fair skin but it does occur in people with darker skins. It is also more common in women than in men. The incidence of rosacea is gradually increasing.
How can rosacea be treated?
Mild rosacea can be treated with topical or oral antibiotics. However, resistance to antibiotics can occur and some people may also develop bowel problems and recurrent thrush.
Laser treatment is ideal for treating rosacea symptoms such as redness, flushing, broken capillaries and thread veins. The laser energy is absorbed by the pigment in the blood which causes the blood to coagulate and the unwanted vein to collapse, without harming the surrounding tissue. The treated veins then gradually disappear as the healing process occurs.
A course of treatments is required but excellent results can be achieved.
Facial peels, Dermalux LED Light Therapy and topical cosmeceutical products can also dramatically improve redness, pimples and pustules and boost the overall appearance of your skin.
What is rhinophyma?
Rhinophyma is a condition where the skin on the nose becomes thickened, swollen and purple. Although it can occur at any age, it most commonly first appears between the ages of 30 and 55. It is particularly prevalent amongst older men.
How can rhinophyma be treated?
Rhinophyma can be effectively treated with course of fractionated laser treatments. However, in some cases surgical treatment may be required.
Does rosacea get worse over time?
Unfortunately, rosacea tends to get progressively worse with time, especially if left untreated. However, with treatment, it is possible to prevent rosacea from progressing and to reduce its appearance.
Is there a cure for rosacea?
There is no cure for Rosacea but treatment can help to control and improve it.
How can I improve my results?
You can enhance the results by using cosmeceutical anti-ageing skincare as well as high level, broad spectrum sun protection to reduce photo-damage.
Does Mirvaso help?
Mirvaso is a topical gel which can make the skin appear less red. The results appear within 30 minutes of application and can last for up to 12 hours.
This treatment does not cure rosacea or stop the rosacea from progressing. It only temporarily improves the redness. *Please note that side effects may include skin irritation, flushing or a burning/itching sensation.