How To Treat Rosacea
Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist on Rosacea triggers :
"In many Rosacea cases I have seen in patients, it can really damage your self-esteem and confidence, there is no doubt that it can be an extremely embarrassing condition.
What most people do not realise is that Rosacea has several triggers that can cause a flare up. From certain foods, alcohol, weather conditions, skin products or even moods. By identifying your Rosacea triggers you are decreasing the likelihood of experiencing flare ups more often.
As a first point of call, I always try to advise patients on identifying their triggers, cutting them out before opting for treatment"
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes blushing (redness) of the skin. It is a long-term skin condition that most commonly affects the face. The redness comes and goes and can occur on your cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. If you have darker skin, the redness may be harder to see.
Although this problem is more likely to affect women, men can also get rosacea and their cases tend to be more severe. It is also more common in people who have lighter skin tones.
Aside from skin redness, other symptoms of rosacea can include dry skin, swelling around the eyes and a stinging/burning sensation when you wash your face with water or any skincare products.
The precise cause of rosacea is still unknown, although there are certain triggers that have been found to set it off in certain people, making their symptoms worse. Triggers include caffeine, cheese, alcohol, hot drinks, spicy food and aerobic exercises. Rosacea is not the result of poor hygiene, and it cannot be passed from one person to another.
Medical treatments for rosacea
Currently, there is also no complete cure for rosacea, although certain medicines can be used to help control the symptoms.
A doctor may prescribe you antibiotics for the problem, which can be prescribed to be taken from between 6 to 16 weeks. If you have the symptoms of the rosacea and they are not getting better, it’s worth a visit to your GP or a consultation with an online pharmacist to assess the situation and make the appropriate prescription for you.
Topical creams and gels also work to lessen the appearance of this problem by reducing the flushing and soothing your skin. You can buy these on prescription from registered pharmacies as well as visiting your local GP.
Light treatment for rosacea
A procedure known as intense pulsed light treatment (IPL) is also an option, although you cannot normally get this on the NHS.
IPL penetrates to the dermis without harming your top layer of skin and works to provide light energy that is absorbed by your skin’s pigment cells. The cells then convert this energy into heat, which gets rid of any unwanted skin pigmentation.
Know your triggers
As well as medical treatments, there are behavioural changes you can make to help lessen the symptoms of rosacea.
To help ease the symptoms yourself, you should avoid anything that you know triggers a flare-up of rosacea. This means you need to know your own skin and how it reacts; are there certain conditions in which you find your skin is adversely affected? Are there certain weather conditions that cause flare ups?
Temperature changes can have an effect and if it does, you should keep your face covered in the cold weather.
Also, use skincare products that are designed for sensitive skin and wear a high SPF sunscreen when going outside. Where possible, try to avoid going out in hot and humid conditions, particularly if it is very sunny.
Rosacea and face masks
According to a study reported in the Dermatologic Therapy Journal, rosacea symptoms are exacerbated by wearing face masks but unfortunately, this isn’t something we can stop just yet. By building our awareness of what else causes flare ups, changing our behaviours accordingly and also seeking medical support where necessary, we can address the symptoms of this tricky skin condition.