Rosacea is a common skin condition characterised by enlarged facial blood vessels giving the cheeks and nose a flushed appearance. Common symptoms of rosacea include:
● Redness of the face
● Tiny red pimples and fine red vascular lines
● Skin can feel tight after a shower
● Red flushing of the face when you go from cold to hot or after a drink of alcohol
Rosacea occurs when the skins hydrolipidic barrier is compromised, making the skin sensitive leading to redness and visible blood vessels. The hydrolipid barrier is a protective barrier on the skin’s surface made up of sebum, lipids, water and sweat. This barrier functions as your skin’s essential self-defence tool, entrusted in shielding it from harmful pathogenic bacteria, free radicals, toxins, and other environmental stressors. For example, excessive exposure to extreme weather conditions or the continued use of harsh skincare products can lead to the skin becoming sensitive and break down the hydrolipidic barrier.
Anybody can get Rosacea at any stage in their life, from early childhood right up to old age. But you may be more likely to develop it if you:
● Are female (4 times more likely than male)
● Have light skin, particularly if it has been damaged by the sun
● Are aged over 30
● Have a family history of rosacea.
● Had severe acne
● Common with hormonal change of menopause
Rosacea is most common on the nose and cheeks, though it can appear on the whole face. In some cases, rosacea appears on the chest, back, or neck. It can also affect the eyes, causing them to feel irritated and to appear bloodshot or watery.
Yes! Dermatologists rate them on a scale of Grade 1 to 4. The higher the grading, the more severe the Rosacea. Generally, rosacea tends to be more frequent in women but more severe in men.
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but it’s often attributed to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors that can cause the Rosacea to flare-up. These triggers can include, but are not limited to:
● Eating spicy foods
● Drinking alcohol
● Hot drinks
● Excessive UV exposure
● Vigorous exercise
● Hot baths and saunas
● Being exposed to extreme changes in weather, e.g. going from hot to cold environments.
There are several different methods to minimise Rosacea flare-ups though it helps determine the trigger of your Rosacea first.
A few guidelines to get you started:
● Avoid extreme temperatures.
● Avoid foods and beverages that might trigger an outbreak.
● Hydrate well.
● Gentle exfoliation with extremely gentle products.
● Protect your skin from excessive UV exposure with a quality sunscreen.
● Avoid comedogenic products. These block the oil and sweat gland openings.
● Taking measures to reduce stress levels
There is no clinical test for rosacea. A GP can make a diagnosis after examining the person’s skin and asking about their symptoms and triggers. The presence of enlarged blood vessels will help the doctor distinguish it from other skin conditions. At Dr Aesthetica, our skin specialist will be able to help support you in the interim.
It’s normal for people with rosacea to be self-conscious. Although there is currently no cure, various treatments can relieve the symptoms of rosacea. These include topical and oral medications. Though, some patients may choose not to have medical intervention with Rosacea. This is where Skin Peels and strategic homecare can really help. Skin Peels are an effective treatment that has minimal downtime. However, all this will be discussed with you during the initial consultation with our skin specialist. We will also provide you with an aftercare kit post-treatment to use for 5-7 days after the treatment.
Rosacea affects everyone differently, and it can take time to figure out how to manage your condition. The best way to prevent an outbreak is to work with a skin specialist to develop a treatment plan. At Dr Aesthetica, we recommended a treatment schedule that entails chemical peels supplemented with a homecare plan. Low concentration skin peels can help reduce the appearance of the redness and the dilated blood vessels that are characteristic of the condition.
In particular using the correct homecare can make a significant difference. It is often the application of wrong products in the wrong order that can distress the skin further. At Dr Aesthetica we believe in education, and understanding how products work to help your skin.