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Rosacea

Posted on: 30th December 2015

Rosacea is a
common condition that is poorly understood that mainly affects the face.
Symptoms often begin with flushing but other symptoms can develop as the
condition progresses such as burning and stinging sensations,permanent redness
,spots ( papules and pustules)and small blood vessels that become more visible.
There can also be raised red patches ( plaques) on the skin.

Persistent
facial redness, known as erythema is like a blush that does not go away and if
often mistaken for someone who drinks heavily.
The redness usually affects the cheeks,nose and chin but can also spread
to other areas such as the forehead,neck and chest.

In addition to
skin problems,many people can also develop symptoms that affect the eyes. This
is known as ocular rosacea. Symptoms of this can include dry
eyes,irritated/bloodshot eyes as well as feeling like there is something in
your eyes. Eyelids can also inflame, a condition called blepharitis though this
is rare.

Rosacea is a
cyclic condition so there are periods when the symptoms subside. It can also be
linked to the menstrual cycle. Many of the symptoms of rosacea can be
controlled to a degree with treatment. Unfortunately changes to physical
appearance can have a significant psychological and social impact making on the
sufferers.

The exact of rosacea
is unknown although a number of factors have been suggested,including
abnormalities in the blood vessels of the face.

Several triggers have been identified that make rosacea
worse. These include: sunlight exposure,stress, strenuous exercise,not/cold
weather,hot drinks,alcohol and caffeine. Spicy foods can also trigger an
attack.

Roscaea appears to be quite common and more frequent in
women than men.  First diagnoses tend be
in the 30-50 age bracket.

Up to 1 in 10 people
may have it. It commonly affects white Caucasians but can also occur in Asians
and African origin skins.

There is no currently no cure available for this condition
but treatment can help symptoms.

Long term treatment is necessary although there will be
periods when your symptoms will improve. For most people, treatment will
involve a combination of self help measures and medication such as avoiding
known triggers eg alcohol,spicy foods and caffeine.

Creams and gels that can help when directly applied to the
skin. Products containing Vitamin C are known for healing blood capillaries and
benefical to rosacea sufferers.

If Rosacea is associated with spots, then a course of oral
antibiotics can help clear them up. In some cases, procedures such as laser and
Intense pulse light ( IPL) treatment may be helpful.  These treatments are aimed at the visible
blood vessels causing them to shrink and make them less visible.

I have found in my Clinical Practice that using a correct
skincare range that is dedicated for roscaea skins helps enormously as well as
having Skin Peels that reduce the redness, soothe the Skin and that are Vitamin
C infused. The downside of Rosacea is that there can be the added problem of pigmentation
associated with this condition so it is important to have skincare that helps
with this and a hydroquinone free skincare is best.

I recommend the Image Skincare range to help with this
condition and I have personally cleared/reduced this condition in my patients.

For more information about how Image Skincare can
help,please email [email protected]
or call 01392 426285 for a FREE skin consultation.

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