Rosacea or facial redness is a chronic skin condition that causes flushing or redness on the face accompanied by slight swelling and a burning sensation. Our skin and vein experts at Palm Clinic, Auckland NZ can recommend a holistic approach to rosacea treatment including modern laser treatment and advanced skincare products that reduce and remove facial redness.
Below you can read about rosacea and facial redness causes, symptoms, treatment and view our before and after rosacea pictures.
Rosacea symptoms typically affect people with fair skin and blue eyes between the ages of 30 and 60. Men seeking rosacea treatment also often suffer from rhinophyma, which is the thickening of the skin on the nose making it swollen and bulbous.
Rosacea symptoms include:
Rosacea symptoms are triggered by an exaggerated immune response in the skin, which causes dilation of blood vessels, growth of new blood vessels, swelling in the skin and tissue remodelling causing thickened skin.
There are multiple factors that can cause rosacea including environmental factors such as sun exposure and UV damage, genetic factors such as being of Celtic origin, and vascular and inflammatory components. Facial creams, oils and topical steroids can also exacerbate facial redness.
Rosacea and Facial Redness Removal and Treatment
One of the major recent advancements in facial redness treatment has been Elos Medical IPL – a combination of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and radiofrequency.
IPL uses a non-laser light source and is a safe and effective treatment to reduce the following rosacea symptoms:
At Palm Clinic, Auckland NZ we use Elos Galaxy IPL often in conjunction with Coolglide 1064nm Nd:Yag vascular laser treatment. Typically over several treatments we see significant improvements in facial redness and facial veins associated with rosacea.
Treatments are spaced at least one month apart and typically people require 3-5 treatments to achieve the best results. Rosacea can be a persistent skin condition and have associated flare-ups. Most patients with moderate to severe rosacea will require top up laser therapy to maintain the result over the years.
Our expert skin therapist can help maintain the best results with medical grade rosacea skin care, a specific rosacea cream, as well as medi-facials and chemical peels to keep your skin healthy and resistant to skin irritation. You can book a complimentary skincare consultation with her to find out which products can help relieve your rosacea symptoms.
She will also advise on general measures that you can take at home to control your facial redness.
You can see more examples of rosacea pictures here, both before, and after treatment.
Causes of rosacea are not well known. Rosacea is often considered a hereditary condition. It is also said that rosacea is likely to occur in people who blush a lot. Occurrence of rosacea can be associated with environmental, chemical, food or emotional triggers. Common triggers include exposure to extreme heat and cold weather, hot beverages and spicy foods, and alcohol consumption. As a large number of hair follicle mites (Demodex folliculorum) are found in rosacea papules, they are also a possible cause of rosacea. The stomach bacterium helicobacter pylori is also reported to be associated with rosacea, though most dermatologists disagree with this theory. Rosacea may worsen with the use of facial creams, oils and topical steroids.
There are 4 sub-types of rosacea.
There are four acknowledged stages of rosacea.
It can lead to frustration due to the unattractive appearance and the discomfort experienced. It can mar the personal, social and professional life of the individual. In extreme cases the psychological effects of such a condition can be very serious and can cause the patients to become reclusive. Rosacea is primarily a facial occurrence and develops gradually. In its initial stages, patients often mistake the facial flushing, papules and pustules for adult acne, sun burn or normal signs of ageing.
There is no cure for rosacea. But there are various rosacea treatments to control rosacea effectively. Your Palm Clinic doctor will determine a treatment plan for you depending on the extent of damage to the skin. IPL and laser treatments are most useful for the facial redness and flushing.
The first line of treatment for the pustules associated with rosacea is often topical or oral antibiotics generally prescribed by the family doctor. Metronidazole (Rosex) is generally given as a topical antibiotic. Oral medications include tetracycline antibiotics like tetracycline, doxycycline and minocycline. The antibiotic rosacea gel or rosacea cream should be applied on the entire face instead of on the lesion spots alone.
The eyelids should be cleaned everyday with a diluted baby shampoo or a rosacea cleanser for the eyelids. Warm compresses should be applied on the eyelids a few times a day.
For treatment of rosacea in the advanced stages like rhinophyma, laser or radiofrequency surgery is the ideal method to remove the excess tissue on the nose.
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