What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that typically affects the face, and while it can affect anyone, it’s more common in women over 30 and people with fair skins.

It’s usually most apparent on the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin resulting in redness and small superficial broken blood vessels. In its early stages rosacea often appears as intermittent defused redness with small red bumps, and you may notice a stinging sensation when using water or skincare products.

As rosacea progresses skin becomes persistently red with visible dilated blood vessels, and often small bumps and pus-filled spots (similar to acne) appear.

In some cases, there may also be inflammation of the surface of the eyes and eyelids. Consult a dermatologist or optician if you develop symptoms affecting the eyes.

What treatments are available for rosacea?
Clapham Tooting clinic offer treatments to help rosacea.

Why not book a consultation? One of our skin care specialists will examine your skin, answer your questions and recommend the most suitable treatment for you. Rosacea treatments are available at both our Wimbledon and Kensington skin clinics.

What causes rosacea?
Experts are not entirely sure what causes rosacea, although a combination of hereditary, immune system and environmental factors can often be found.

While there is no cure for it, treatment can control and reduce redness, and soothe the skin. Rosacea is not contagious, but it can lead to feelings of anxiety and self-consciousness.

Self-care: Treating and reducing rosacea

The British Association of Dermatologists recommends:

  • Avoid rubbing the face when cleansing as this can make rosacea worse.
  • Apply SPF 30 on your face every day to protect against UV rays.
  • Avoid perfumed soap and use a soap substitute (emollient) to cleanse your face.
  • If you know that a trigger, for example alcohol or spicy food, makes symptoms worse, try to avoid it as much as possible. Keep a written record of flare-ups.
  • Unless they are specifically recommended to you by your dermatologist it may be best to avoid some treatments for acne, as they can irritate skin prone to rosacea.
  • Avoid topical preparations containing corticosteroids (unless specifically recommended by your dermatologist) as these may make rosacea worse in the long term.

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