I hope everyone has had a fantastic Christmas and New Year. I’ve been a little quiet on the blog front the last few weeks but it’s been absolutely hectic in our house. Now the kids back at school and Liam’s back at work, it makes it a little easier to get things done! I’m really excited to see what 2022 brings – I have a new treatment being launched next month, which isn’t just new to me, but also new in the UK.
This blog is about a skin condition called Rosacea and what I can do to help!
Facial redness can be caused by a condition called Rosacea. Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects mainly the face.
Facial redness/blushing can cause embarrassment, lack of confidence & low self-esteem.
In the UK, Rosacea affects 1 in 10 people. The condition affects both men and women but is more common in women. However, the effect on men tends to be worse. It is also more common in people with lighter skin types and over the age of 30.
There is a common myth that facial redness is common in alcoholics, but this is simply not true. However, alcohol can be a trigger and cause flare ups of the condition.
What causes Rosacea?
The cause of Rosacea is unknown, but it could be due to an overactive immune system, heredity, environmental factors or a combination of these.
You may be able to work out what your triggers by keeping a Rosacea Diary. You can download a free pdf from the following link https://www.rosacea.org/pdf/RosaceaDiary_2021-web.pdf. Rosacea triggers can be anything from spicy food, alcohol, caffeine or exercise. Keeping a detailed diary of your daily life and food intake will help you identify your triggers which will enable you to avoid these in future which will make your Rosacea much more manageable.
What are the main symptoms of Rosacea?
- Facial Flushing – Facial flushing across your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. It can come and go or be persistent.
- Skin sensitivity – Sensitivity to skincare products even water.
- Broken Blood Vessels – Blood vessels that do not go away.
- Bumps and Pimples – Small red bumps with or without puss may be visible and can be confused with acne.
- Changes in skin’s appearance – sometimes, skin around the nose and chin can become thicker.
Is there a cure for Rosacea?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Rosacea but with the right treatment, it can become much more manageable.
What treatments are available?
You can obtain ointments and creams from your GP and your GP may prescribe you anti-biotics. Rosacea also responds incredibly well to IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). However, IPL isn’t usually available on the NHS but if you were to be treated by the NHS, you’d be treated with a Lynton device.
My Lynton Lumina is a medical grade laser and IPL platform that is used within the NHS https://lynton.co.uk/prod/lumina-laser-ipl/. My IPL facials including the illumiFacial https://rosalainelaser.co.uk/illumi-facial/ are amazing treatments and enable me to treat many skin concerns including Rosacea.
A course of 4-6 IPL treatments is recommended which will get the condition under control. As there is no cure for Rosacea, maintenance treatments and a Rosacea diary are the best solution and will help make the condition much more manageable. It’s important to note that it is better to have a top-up session just as you are getting a flare up and not when it is at its worst, as it would just undo all the work that has been done.
How do I know if I have Rosacea?
If you are not sure whether you suffer with Rosacea, but you experience the above symptoms, your first point of call will be making an appointment with your GP https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/rosacea/.
To book a consultation, please contact me https://rosalainelaser.co.uk/contact/. I am also available to contact on Facebook (@Rosalainelaser) and Instagram (@Rosalaine_laserbristol).
You can find more in depth information regarding Rosacea at National Rosacea Society https://www.rosacea.org and the British Skin Foundation https://knowyourskin.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/condition/rosacea/.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post.
As always, until next time.