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Rosacea is classified as a chronic relapsing, remitting skin condition which symptoms include redness, flushing and visible facial veins. It is especially common in fair skinned individuals and mainly affects the forehead, nose cheeks and the chin. The facial skin of those affected usually feels very sensitive and can be prone to a dry, coarse texture and inflammation may also present around the eye area.

The cause of rosacea has not been definitively established, although the symptoms may be exacerbated by extremes in temperature, stress, spicy foods, alcohol, as well as sun exposure.

Combination treatments can effectively manage many of the symptoms long term, despite no available cure.

Topical treatment for rosacea may take up to 8 weeks, sometimes longer, to assess the effectiveness, although oral treatments may be recommended if the inflammatory symptoms are moderate to severe in presentation.  Sometimes the oil-secreting glands on the nose may cause the nose to become red and enlarged with a thick, coarse appearance. This is known as rhinophyma and requires surgical management.

Appropriate daily skin care and a high factor UVA/UVB Sunscreen is essential for individuals diagnosed with this chronic inflammatory skin condition and it is recommended this underpins any prescribed skin care regimen for effective long term management.

Treatment recommendations are made following a thorough consultation. If necessary, specialist referral is recommended if eye involvement is suspected.

Treatments to consider:

Diode Light Therapy

Suncare products