What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common facial skin rash affecting the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose, presenting with permanent redness, a tendency to blush, dilated blood vessels, small red bumps and small pus-filled spots that come and go in crops. It mainly affects middle-aged people, with more women affected but with men often having worse symptoms. Skin is also often very sensitive and can be painful.
Why choose Centre Of Dental Excellence?
All Centre Of Dental Excellence doctors have years of experience in assessing and treating rosacea-stanmore. Our knowledge allows us to select the best treatment for you and avoid complications. We will often suggest you undergo some treatment options through your General Practitioner but are happy to advise on appropriate skin care products to manage your rosacea and pigmentation issues in the longer term. We use only the best quality products and will advise you through every step of the procedure. Your skin and your health is our priority.
The science of Rosacea
The precise cause for rosacea remains unknown but it does seem to run in some families (without a direct genetic link having been identified). There are known triggers that exacerbate rosacea including high/low temperatures, alcohol, exercise, spicy foods, hot drinks and stress. These result in skin inflammation and a propensity for facial bloods vessels to dilate more than normal.
How can I treat Rosacea?
Avoiding the triggers
Topical treatments (applied directly to the skin)
Avoiding the Triggers
Lifestyle changes to avoid the known triggers of rosacea (high/low temperatures, alcohol, exercise, spicy foods, hot drinks and stress) can be helpful.
These can be effective in mild-moderate rosacea but take at least 8 weeks of treatment before the effects can be noticed. Treatments include topical metronidazole and azelaic acid.
These may be used alone or combined with a topical treatment to manage moderate-severe rosacea-stanmore. Common antibiotics are the tetracycline family and erythromycin, with the length of treatment required determined by your response.
Laser and light therapies can be used to treat the permanent facial redness and dilated blood vessels and oral beta-blockers or clonidine can improve severe blushing. It is important to avoid any topical corticosteroids as these can worsen symptoms in the long run. Using the correct skin care regime can significantly improve symptoms, as can careful handling of your skin and using sun blocks.
Things to consider…
The available treatments do not address all of the symptoms in one go so it may be necessary to undertake a combination of treatments over an extended period, depending on which symptoms worry you the most. We will review your progress on a regular basis and will refer you on to other skincare professionals if we feel that the treatments they can offer to address your rosacea will provide the optimum benefit to you.
Side effects cannot always be prevented but we are fully trained to recognise and treat any issues early and safely.
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