Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition where the skin appears persistently red and flushed. The most commonly affected areas are the mid face and cheeks, nose, chin and forehead.
This skin condition usually develops in adults between the ages 30 to 50 and is more common amongst women. While rosacea can affect patients of any skin type and colour, it tends to affect more patients with fair skin.
Common Signs and Symptoms:
•Persistent flushing and blushing of cheeks, forehead, nose and chin
•Dilated blood vessels, especially on the cheeks.
•Skin sensitivity, burning, stinging or itching
•Developing pimple-like bumps
Form 1: Erythemato-telangiectatic — Main symptoms include occasional facial flushing and redness. Visible red blood vessels (telangiectasias) may appear on the face. Some rosacea sufferers may also experience swollen, rough skin and a burning sensation.
Form 2: Papulo-pustular — Redness and facial flushing becomes more persistent at this stage. In addition to the redness, pimple-like bumps may appear on the face.
Form 3: Phymatous — When the sebaceous glands and connected tissues are affected by this skin condition, the skin will become swollen, thicker and rougher with bumps (rhinophyma). This form of rosacea often affects the nose.
Form 4: Ocular rosacea — In more severe cases, rosacea may also affect the eyes and eyelids, causing symptoms such as bloodshot eyes, burning and stinging, dryness and blurred vision.
COMMON TRIGGERS OF ROSACEA FLARES
While the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, it is believed to be associated with both environmental factors and genetic makeup.
Although we cannot alter our genetic makeup, we can avoid certain lifestyle habits to control and manage this chronic skin condition.
Common triggers include:
• Unprotected sun exposure
• Exposure to extreme weather/temperature (hot/cold)
• Chronic stress
• Excessive/intensive exercise
• Spicy foods, hot drinks and foods
• Alcohol intake
• Specific medications such as prescribed cortisone creams
• Specific cosmetic products containing parabens and fragrances and other ingredients that may irritate the skin and worsen rosacea symptoms.
While Rosacea is not curable, the symptoms are controllable. In addition to offering medical-grade skincare with active ingredients that will help reduce inflammation and improve the overall health of the skin, we use the Yellowbeam to treat Rosacea.
The unique 577nm wavelength of the Yellowbeam is known to provide the best absorption when treating blood vessels, allowing for effective elimination of the unsightly broken veins that are typically associated with this skin condition. By targeting blood, the Yellowbeam will significantly reduce facial redness and blushing. Patients will typically see improvements in as little as one Yellowbeam session, but depending on the severity of the patient’s symptoms, we generally recommend a treatment program of 3-6 sessions performed one month apart for optimal results. After completion of the treatment program, a maintenance Yellowbeam treatment can be done every 4-6 months.
If you are suffering from rosacea or have any questions about treatment, feel free to book a complimentary skin assessment and consultation with one of our skin experts.