Your Definitive Guide To Rosacea
Rosacea is a common skin concern that we regularly treat at the clinic so we asked aesthetic therapist Danielle to answer your most common questions about rosacea including causes, symptoms and how to manage flare ups.
Rosacea is a long-term, progressive vascular disorder that mainly affects the face, it's more common in women and people with lighter skin, treatments can help with symptoms but not cure condition.
How do I know if I have rosacea or just sensitive skin?
Some common signs of rosacea are redness (blushing) across the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin that comes and goes, a burning/stinging feeling when using water or other products, tiny broken blood vessels will appear and not go away and in some cases small pink/red bumps with yellow puss in can appear.
Could my diet be causing my rosacea?
Yes - It's unknown what causes rosacea but it has many triggers that make the symptoms worse - some of the triggers can be alcohol, spicy food, cheese, caffeine/hot drinks, exercise like running and embarrassing situations.
How to keep rosacea at bay when the sun comes out?
Firstly wear a high SPF at least an SPF 30 or above, avoid excessive heat and humidity, avoid direct sunlight.
A guide to the 4 stages of rosacea?
Stage 1 Pre-Rosacea when the face frequently flushes and blushes, facial redness comes and goes. Stage 2 Mild Rosacea the flushing becomes more frequent and last longer, leaving tiny broken blood vessels visible. Stage 3 Moderate Rosacea the flushing becomes facial redness and persist even longer, giving sufferers a sunburnt look. The tiny broken blood vessels become bigger and more prominent causing more inflammation in the skin. Stage 4 Severe Rosacea extreme facial redness, severe inflammation and swelling, facial pain and burning sensation. People can also start experiencing inflammatory papules and nodules and some develop rhinophyma (a bulbous enlargement of nose - most common in men)
How can lasers treat rosacea?
Laser is used to treat the unwanted broken blood vessels visible on the skin. The laser energy is absorbed by the blood in the vessel and causes the vein to collapse. The vein will visible fade or completely disappear.
What is the top skin peel for rosacea?
The top skin peel recommended by us is the Neostrata Clarifying peel which contains 20% mandelic and 10% citric acid, the mild acids help to gently exfoliate the skin whilst reducing redness and calms irritated skin.
LED light therapy and rosacea?
LED light therapy is a non invasive, relaxing treatment that can help to reduce the symptoms of rosacea, calms and soothes the skin, reduces redness by decreasing the size of blood vessels. Repairs skin barrier and improve cellular function of cells.
The best skin products for rosacea?
The Neostrata Restore range has many products within it that help reduces redness and calms irritated skin. The redness Neutralising serum targets the source of the redness, restores & strengthens barrier, calms rosacea prone skin and of course Bionic Serum which contains powerful antioxidants and reduces inflammation.