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Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that affects more women than men and normally develops between the ages of 30-50. People with fair skin are also more prone to the condition. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have Rosacea at any one time.

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What is Rosacea?

Rosacea traditionally begins as redness across the face, producing an almost flushing appearance on the cheeks and forehead. It is caused by the swelling of the blood vessels below the skin. Over time as the swelling continues the redness can become more permanent in appearance and in very advanced forms cause complications to the blood vessels on the nose. The condition can also produce spots on the skin, which causes the condition to often be misdiagnosed as acne.

What causes Rosacea?

The cause is unknown. Factors that trigger rosacea cause the blood vessels in the skin of the face to enlarge (dilate). There are a variety of trigger factors that may make rosacea worse. These include alcohol, exercise, high and low temperatures, hot drinks, spicy foods and stress. Rosacea can be worsened by natural sunlight.

Can it be treated?

Yes. Although Rosacea is a long-term condition and there isn’t a permanent cure for it, various treatments can successfully manage it and restore back your natural look and self-confidence.

It is vital with Rosacea that you speak with an expert skin specialist. Our Consultant Dermatologists are deeply knowledgeable and very experienced. They have seen hundreds of cases of Rosacea over the years so are best placed to offer diagnosis and the way forward regarding treatment. It is through a consultant that you will find the treatment that best suits you as an individual. Treatment of Rosacea is down to the individual case and can involve topical and oral medications or laser procedures or even a combination of all three. Our patients can be sure that when they visit our clinics they are consulting with the very best dermatology clinicians in the UK and have the greatest chance to bring a successful resolution to their condition.

Some of the treatments that will be considered when treating Rosacea are as follows:

1. Topical medication – usually creams and lotions
2. Oral antibiotics
3. Isotretinoin
4. Laser (IPL) – this process will help to reduce the redness in the face.

How can I get some help and advice?

If you have Rosacea or you think you may have Rosacea, don’t wait any longer for your diagnosis and treatment. Book a consultation with one of our Dermatologists.

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