Rosacea is a condition that presents with diffuse redness or blushing of the skin, typically centered around the cheeks, chin, forehead and lower half of the nose. It is most commonly seen in people with light skin. Initially symptoms are intermittent in nature but usually progress and become more consistent.
The redness in rosacea is often aggravated by flushing when exposed to a trigger stimulus.
Repetitive flushing can promote inflammation, resulting in the formation of pustules and papules.
Persistent symptoms may also cause superficial blood vessels to dilate and become visible through the transparency of the skin resulting in facial threadveins.
Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that is typically first diagnosed in patients between the ages of 30 – 50. There is no known cause. It is a common condition affecting 12% of the population and often under diagnosed. Many people who have rosacea just assume they blush easily or suffer from sensitive skin. If left untreated, the disease may become severe resulting in an enlarged red nose, a condition known as “Rhinophyma”. The treatment of Rosacea is not curative and is aimed primarily at reducing and controlling symptoms.
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The main symptoms that pinpoint a diagnosis of Rosacea, are as follows:
- Erythema (redness on the face or cheeks)
- Frequent flushing or blushing
- Telangiectasia (dilated blood vessels)
- Inflammed pustules and papules (acne)
- Burning sensation on the face
The physical signs of rosacea may be accompanied by distressing psychological symptoms including embarrassment, lowered self-confidence and feelings of frustration. Often, the psychological fear that blushing or flushing will cause social distress exacerbates the physical symptoms. This psychological overlay can have a dramatic negative impact both at work and in social situations resulting in damaging avoidance behaviour.
Avoidance of trigger stimuli including extremes of temperature (hot and cold), vigorous exercise, high alcohol consumption, spicy food, hot caffeinated drinks and rubbing the affected skin will help to control symptoms partially.
Conventional medical treatment includes oral antibiotics. These work as an anti-inflammatory and are a highly effective treatment for pustules and papules.
Conventional medicine fails to treat redness or reduce the appearance of dilated blood vessels and is ineffective for flushing symptoms. Laser therapy offers gold standard treatment of these unwanted symptoms.
Our Cambridge Laser Clinic offers the complete range of Laser and Light technologies for the treatment of Rosacea to ensure superior results:
- V Beam pulse dye laser (PDL) 595nm for gold standard treatment of superficial and deeper diffuse redness and smaller blood vessels
- KTP 532nm LP Laser for the treatment of superficial larger bright red discrete blood vessels
- Nd Yag 1064nm LP Laser for the treatment of deeper larger purple/blue discrete blood vessels and the treatment of flushing.
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) 540-950nm for the treatment of superficial diffuse redness and smaller blood vessels
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) 570-950nm for the treatment of deeper diffuse redness and smaller blood vessels
Our expert medical team has in excess of 25 years laser experience and have completed more than 120,000 successful treatments. Rest assured you are in safe hands. All procedures at our Cambridge Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and practitioners.
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