As April marks Rosacea Awareness month, here we will look at what the condition is and how you can treat it.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a very common skin condition which typically develops on the face. More common in those with fair skin, it largely affects those aged 40-60 years.
It is known to be a chronic condition, which means patients suffer with it for a long time. It causes persistent redness of the cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead, though its severity can vary.
Causes and symptoms of Rosacea
The condition occurs when blood vessels have dilated under the skin. However, the exact cause isn’t known. It is thought that environmental factors, immune system factors and genetics could play a role.
The symptoms of Rosacea include redness on the face, eye problems and frequent blushing. Certain things can exacerbate the condition too, such as alcohol, high and low temperatures, spicy foods, exercise, and stress.
What are your treatment options?
Although there is no cure for Rosacea, there are some effective treatments available. Rosacea skin tends to be very sensitive skin so a gentle skin regime is very important. To cleanse use a soap free cleanser and avoid exfoliating agents. Maintaining a good skin barrier is key.
Those who do suffer with Rosacea should moisturise regularly and keep the skin protected with sunscreen. Sunscreen is of utmost importance in patients with rosacea. This will help to control and minimise symptoms. A broad spectrum SPF with UVA and UVB protection of at least SPF 30 needs to be used every day.
Sunscreen containing physical filters (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) can be very helpful for sensitive skin. An ultra-light UV protection designed for sensitive skin with added Vitamins C and E can help to maintain cell growth is an option.
If you suspect that you are suffering from Rosacea, you can book a consultation with Dr Kara Heelan, at Chelsea Outpatient Centre or Sydney Street Outpatients & Diagnostic Centre call us on 020 3494 4024. Dr Heelan will be able to answer your questions about the condition and you can discuss the best form of treatment to suit you.