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Rosacea, Redness, Capillaries

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is one of the most common skin disorders affecting Australians and yet less is known about its causes. It is a troublesome condition and can have a negative impact on self-esteem. With correct medical treatment the signs and symptoms of rosacea can be effectively controlled.

Rosacea tends to be a genetic problem, particularly common in people of Celtic origin. It has been theorised that the persistently increased blood flow allows damage to the skin surface.

Things that trigger flushing are known to worsen the rosacea. Rosacea triggers can vary from individual to individual. Common triggers of rosacea include windburn, alcohol consumption, sunburn, spicy foods and hot drinks.

Any of the following warning signs is a signal to seek help before the condition becomes increasingly severe:

  • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead
  • Small visible blood vessels on the face
  • Bumps or pimples on the face
  • Watery or irritated eyes

At your consultation we will discuss possible causes, triggers, the different ways rosacea may manifest in your skin and methods of treatment.

Treatment varies with the type of rosacea, however, in all cases it is important to identify and avoid flushing triggers. Daily use of sunscreen and hypoallergenic moisturisers is also important, as is avoidance of irritants such as soap and many cosmetics.

One or more of the following treatment options maybe recommended to assist the signs and symptoms of rosacea.

Treatments