April is Rosacea Awareness Month so to show our support for this campaign we have put together a simple guide on the Symptoms, Causes & Treatments for this often misunderstood condition.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common skin condition, usually occurring on the central face, which predominantly affects middle-aged (age range 40 to 60 years old) and fair-skinned people. It is more common in women, but tends to be more severe in men. It tends to affect the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose, and is characterised by flushing and redness, dilated blood vessels, small red bumps and pus-filled spots. There may also be uncomfortable inflammation of the surface of the eyes and eyelids.
What causes rosacea?
Unfortunately, the cause is largely unknown but there are a variety of triggers that can cause symptoms to appear. These include alcohol, exercise, high and low temperatures, hot drinks, spicy foods and stress. It can also be worsened by natural sunlight.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms can vary from person to person and you may not experience all of them, but can include
- skin sensitivity
- visible broken blood vessels
- bumps and pimples
- eye irritation
- burning or stinging
How is it diagnosed?
Rosacea can be diagnosed by its appearance. Specific tests are not usually required. The skin specialists at Beyond Skin are trained to identify the symptoms of rosacea.
How can it be treated?
Whilst there is no known cure for rosacea, it is extremely responsive to the right treatment and can often be completely controlled. Something as simple as changing some of the products you use every day can have a profound affect. Delicate Soothing Serum from Dermaquest keeps skin hydrated and also contains copper – a fantastic anti-inflammatory ingredient.
As well as this, exposure to ultraviolet light should be reduced as too much exposure can damage the skin and in some people cause rosacea. Whilst sun protection won’t reverse the damage, using a high SPF product like Heliocare Gel SPF50+ is a good idea to prevent rosacea symptoms getting worse.
Our skincare experts can assess your skin and advise on a package of treatments and home care products to manage rosacea.
Read more about our treatments for rosacea here.