WHAT IS ROSACEA?
The biggest thing you’ll notice is flushing on your cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Less often, the color can appear on your neck, head, ears, or chest. For some people, this flushing can be quite painful. After a while, broken blood vessels might show through your skin, which can thicken and swell up. Up to half of people with rosacea also get eye problems like redness, swelling, and pain.
Other symptoms you may get are:
Stinging and burning of your skin
Patches of rough, dry skin
A swollen, bulb-shaped nose
Broken blood vessels on your eyelids
Bumps on your eyelids
Problems with seeing
Your rosacea symptoms can come and go. They might flare up for a few weeks, fade, and then come back.
CAN ROSACEA BE CURED?
Probably not, but it can be controlled.
It may take a while to identify what works for you and what doesn’t. It’s useful to keep a journal of symptoms. This will help to identify both your triggers, and the treatments which work best for you. Treatments are likely to need at least 6 weeks to assess efficacy.
Generally we start with a specialist skincare and peel regime. We can add in topical prescription medicines to tighten blood vessels, clear up bumps and swelling, antibiotics to reduce bacteria and redness. Lumecca IPL can help to clear broken veins.
For severe rosacea, prescription oral medications may be recommended and supplied, and I am in the process of trialling the use of Tixel will topical botox to control symptoms for several months.
Whilst it may take some time and patience, it is usually possible to greatly improve your rosacea. I will support you through this process, and help you discover your best skin.
ACNE & ROSACEA ASSOCIATION MEMBER.
Eliza Clark is a member of the Acne and Rosacea Association, a charity started by Consultant Dermatologist Dr Tony Chu, to implement consistent and best practice in treatment. Eliza is happy to prescribe treatments, and would recommend working in tandem with, or at least informing your gp of any treatments recommended.