All of us experience facial flushing and blushing at one time or another – when we have been exercising, when it’s hot, if we get windburnt, or when we’re stressed, nervous, or embarrassed. But some people suffer chronic, persistent facial redness and this is called rosacea.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common, chronic yet treatable condition that predominantly affects the face. It is characterised by two or more of the following:
- Persistent facial redness (like a sunburn or permanent blush)
- Thickening of the skin (especially on the nose)
- Pimples or bumps (acne rosacea)
- Visible capillaries (blood vessels) called telangiectasia
- Irritation of the eyes
- Inflammation, dryness, stinging, heat or burning
- Swelling of the skin of the face
Sufferers may experience flare-ups with periods of remission in between. Early stages of the disorder involve flushing alone.
Rosacea can affect people at any age, but it is most common in people over age thirty and appears as redness or flushing of the cheeks, chin, nose, or forehead.
There are four different forms of rosacea:
- Erythematotelangiectatic: flushing, central facial redness, also redness of the ears, neck and upper chest. The eyes are usually not affected.
- Papulopustular: or acne rosacea –pustules develop on the central face and can lead to chronic swelling of the face.
- Ocular: impacts the eyes with watering, itching, dryness, blurred vision, light sensitivity, and bloodshot appearance. Can occur with or without skin involvement.
- Phymatous: enlarged pores and skin thickening on the nose, or also the ears, chin or forehead. More common in men.
What Causes Rosacea?
Rosacea can be experienced by anyone and it affects people with all skin types. It seems to impact those with fair skin the most as they tend to blush or become flushed more easily. As such, it is most common in people of North or Eastern European descent and it tends to have a genetic factor. Rosacea is more common in women however it is usually more severe in men.
The exact causes of rosacea are unknown and it has no cure. Researchers believe the cause may lie in dysfunction of the immune system along with failure in the regulation of the neurovascular system with systemic inflammation. A normal, skin-dwelling microscopic mite may also be a contributing factor, and there may also be a genetic variant as a contributor to the development of rosacea.
Some medications can trigger rosacea.
How to Reduce Rosacea
Rosacea is not harmful to your physical health but it can impact one’s confidence and quality of life significantly.
Ways to reduce rosacea include:
- Gentle skin cleansing
- Use sun protection (gentle sunscreen, wear sunglasses and a hat, stay in the shade)
- Avoid wind
- Avoid dramatic temperature changes (hot or cold)
- Manage stress
- Avoid alcohol
- Use prescription topical treatments or oral medications
- Antibiotics can help some cases
- HRT for menopausal flushing
- BBL (BroadBand Light) Technology
Medical and cosmetic treatments for rosacea are very effective.
How to Manage Facial Redness and Treat Redness from Acne
BBL (BroadBand Light) Technology is the premium non-invasive method to address facial redness from rosacea and acne. They provide long-term rosacea management and great results without side effects.
How does BBL (BroadBand Light) Technology for rosacea work? Put simply, BBL treatments help to compromise the function of the small blood vessels that contribute to the redness of the skin of the face.
BBL (BroadBand Light) Technology for rosacea and acne rosacea will work best when combined with a strictly-adhered-to, medical-grade skincare regimen, as well as certain adjustments to your diet which you will be advised upon by your doctor or BBL therapist. For long-term management of rosacea using BBL, ongoing treatments will, in most cases, be required.
Expert Rosacea Treatment at Crows Nest Cosmetic and Vein Clinic
Here at Crows Nest Cosmetic and Vein Clinic, we provide expert rosacea treatment using BBL (BroadBand Light) Technology. Jill St James performs and oversees this service in our clinic, and she has more than twenty-five years’ experience in this industry. With her expertise and understanding of the capabilities and limitations of laser treatments for rosacea and redness due to acne rosacea, you know you are in the very best, professional hands.
For great result with utmost comfort, call us today to book an obligation-free consultation with Jill St James and take the first step to a refreshed, clearer, rosacea-free face to present to the world.