There are many myths and misinformation about Rosacea and facial redness. It is a condition often misdiagnosed and causes are not always clearly understood. Rosacea is a progressive vascular skin disorder primarily affecting the face and is apparent around the age of 30. It begins with intermittent flushing or blushing with redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. As it progresses, dry, flaking skin, a burning feeling and visible blood vessels (telangiectasia) begin to appear. It is thought that hormonal imbalances in perimenopausal women may be a factor in vascular instability.
Rosacea affects both men and women but women tend to be more prone and develop the condition earlier. In some cases, rosacea may also affect the neck, chest, scalp or ears.
Over time, if left untreated, lumps and pustules often develop, and in severe cases the nose may become swollen and bumpy and the skin thickens which is known as rhinophyma (more common in men). In many rosacea patients, the eyes are also affected (ocular rosacea), with irritation giving a watery or bloodshot appearance.
Rosacea usually affects fair skinned individuals but darker skins may also be affected due to environmental, hormonal and genetic factors. Rosacea is more frequently diagnosed in women, but more severe symptoms tend to be seen in men — perhaps because they often delay seeking medical help until the disorder reaches advanced stages.
There is no cure for rosacea due to its genetic connection and although it is not life- threatening, the social and psychological effects may cause frustration, embarrassment and lead to a lack of confidence and low self-esteem. The condition can be improved and maintained giving the patient control and a more positive outlook.
Treatment options vary from oral and topical medications, intense pulsed light and LED Phototherapy. Dermaplicity’s approach to the treatment for rosacea has evolved over many years and includes a combination therapy of IPL, Thermocoagulation and LED Phototherapy with clinical products to specifically target the complexities of rosacea.
If Rosacea is affecting your daily life, book a free consultation to discuss your treatment options in complete confidence with our Nurse at Dermaplicity.