Rosacea Treatment

Anyone can be affected by rosacea. But it is most common in middle-aged women who have light skin. There is no cure for Rosacea, but treatment can control and reduce the signs and symptoms.

If Rosacea is undiagnosed for a long time, it becomes untreatable. Get in touch and let us take care of your skin.

Rosacea (roe-ZAY-she-uh) is a common skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face. It may also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps. These signs and symptoms may flare up for weeks to months and then go away for a while. Rosacea can be mistaken for acne, other skin problems or natural ruddiness.

Rosacea is classified into 4 sub types. Sub type 2 presents very similar to Acne and many patients mis treat themselves for Acne if they don’t seek a Dermatology Specialist advice. Subtype 1 is the commonly under diagnosed too, but it presents only as blushing of the cheeks. If untreated you develop thread veins which is not treatable. 

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How does Rosacea present?

Signs and symptoms of rosacea include:

  • Facial redness. Rosacea usually causes a persistent redness in the central part of your face. Small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks often swell and become visible.
  • Swollen, red bumps. Many people with rosacea also develop pimples on their face that resemble acne. These bumps sometimes contain pus. Your skin may feel hot and tender.
  • Eye problems. Many people with rosacea also experience dry, irritated, swollen eyes and red, swollen eyelids. This is known as ocular rosacea. In some people, the eye symptoms precede the skin symptoms.
  • Enlarged nose. Over time, rosacea can thicken the skin on the nose, causing the nose to appear bulbous (rhinophyma). This occurs more often in men than in women.

Usual Patient Presentations

What does it look like?

Rosacea is a great masquerador. Get specialist advice early.

Sub-type 1

Sub-type 4

Causes and risk factors

The cause of rosacea is unknown, but it could be due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. Rosacea is not caused by poor hygiene.

Several factors can trigger flare-ups, including:

  • Hot drinks and spicy foods
  • Red wine and other alcoholic beverages
  • Temperature extremes
  • Sunlight or wind
  • Emotions
  • Exercise
  • Drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications
  • Various cosmetic products

Risk factors

Anyone can develop rosacea. But you may be more likely to develop the condition if you:

  • Are female
  • Have light skin, particularly if it has been damaged by the sun
  • Are over age 30
  • Smoke
  • Have a family history of rosacea

Rosacea is very common but can go undiagnosed for a long time. If not treated early, it can cause longer term complications, which are much harder to treat.