Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that primarily affects the face, leading to redness, visible blood vessels, and sometimes small, red, pus-filled bumps. These symptoms can fluctuate in intensity but tend to worsen over time if left untreated. Understanding Rosacea and its triggers is essential for managing this condition effectively and maintaining healthy skin.

Rosacea Introduction

Rosacea is often mistaken for acne, eczema, or a skin allergy. However, it is distinctly characterised by flare-ups and remissions, typically beginning after the age of 30 as a redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead. While the exact cause of rosacea remains unknown, factors such as genetics, environmental triggers, vascular irregularities, and inflammatory pathways are believed to play roles. Triggers can vary widely among individuals but often include sun exposure, extreme temperatures, hot drinks, spicy foods, alcohol, and stress.

Treatments for Rosacea

Managing rosacea effectively involves a combination of lifestyle adjustments and medical treatments. Treatment options are tailored to the severity and type of rosacea symptoms present. We offer the following approaches:

  • Topical Medications: Prescription creams and gels are often the first line of treatment. These can help reduce inflammation and redness. Metronidazole, azelaic acid, and ivermectin are commonly prescribed.
  • Oral Medications: For more severe cases, especially those involving bumps and pimples, oral antibiotics like doxycycline can be effective. In cases of persistent redness, drugs that reduce redness by constricting blood vessels, such as brimonidine, may be used.
  • Laser and Light Therapy: Treatments such as intense pulsed light (IPL) and laser therapy target visible blood vessels, reducing redness and flushing by cauterizing the dilated vessels under the skin.
Rosacea Treatment - The Grove Skin & Laser Clinic
The Grove Skin & Laser Clinic - Consultation Room

Rosacea Consultation Process

  1. Diagnosis and Assessment: Effective treatment starts with a thorough assessment to confirm the diagnosis of rosacea and to determine the subtype and severity of the condition. This step may include discussing potential triggers and lifestyle factors.

  2. Personalised Treatment Plan: Based on the initial assessment, we will tailor a treatment plan that addresses the specific symptoms and triggers for you. .

  3. Implementation and Monitoring: Patients typically begin their treatment with prescribed medications and are advised on lifestyle modifications. Regular follow-ups are essential to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment and make adjustments as needed. 

  4. Ongoing Management and Adjustment: Rosacea is a chronic condition, which means ongoing management is crucial. The treatment plan may evolve over time as symptoms change. Continuous communication with a healthcare provider ensures that treatment remains effective and responsive to the patient’s needs.

  5. Education and Support: Educating patients about their condition, including how to identify and manage triggers, is a vital component of treatment.