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      Redness (Rosacea) and Broken capillaries

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a term we use to describe redness in the face. Although a little bit can be beautifully endearing, unfortunately as we age, the overwhelming redness may prove to be too much. Often, there may be associated pimples, pustules, red bumps, flaking skin, sensitivity and flushing. This is otherwise known as acne rosacea. Furthermore, some may experience enlarging of the nose. This is known as rhinophyma.

 

Rosacea is a common chronic inflammatory condition of the skin usually affecting the face, but occasionally extending to areas such as the neck and chest. 

Here at Medical Skin and Laser Australia, treating rosacea is multimodal. This means we utilise a combination of strategies, including medicine, skin care and laser, to help control the condition. 

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FAQ's

Q:What are the symptoms of Rosacea?

A:Common symptoms include

  • Extremely sensitive facial skin, often irritated by products, cosmetics and sunscreens

  • A tendency to blush and flush

  • A "flare" can occur after dronking alcohol, coffee, eating chocolate, being exposed to sun or heat.

  • Fixed facial redness, especially across the nose, cheeks, chin and central forehead

  • Enlarged capillaries (telangiectasia)

  • Yellow-headed pimples and pustules on the forehead, cheeks and chin that may be mistaken for acne

  • Non-tender lumps under the skin

  • Thickening and enlarging of the skin of the nose (rhinophyma)

 

Q: What Causes of Rosacea?

A: The cause of rosacea is unknown, and there is no permanent cure.

Everyone is different, however common triggers include:

  • Spicy foods

  • Alcohol

  • Hot beverages

  • Extreme temperatures

  • Exposure to sunlight

  • Anger

  • Stress

  • Embarrassment

  • Strenuous exercise

  • Hot baths

  • Saunas

  • Corticosteroids, such as prednisone

  • Drugs that dilate blood vessels,

  • Blood pressure medications

Q: Who gets Rosacea?

A: It’s an equal opportunity skin disorder that can affect anyone at any time, but you are more susceptible to rosacea if you:

  • Are female

  • Are fair-skinned

  • Age over 30 and under 60 years of age

  • Have a family history of rosacea and facial redness

 

Q: What happens if I do nothing?

A: It varies depending on the severity, however in moderate to severe cases, if left untreated, rosacea will worsen over time.

Dr Jeremy Green, a Dermalotogist from the US, talks about Rosacea and how he treats it.

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