Rosacea is an inflammatory skin disease that causes facial redness and sensitivity. You may mistake some of its characteristics - small, red, pus-filled bumps or pustules - for acne. In fact, rosacea has been called adult acne or acne rosacea, but the disease has little to do with the pimples and blackheads that commonly afflict teenagers.
Similarly to auto-immune diseases, Rosacea will flare-up and subside as inflammatory triggers in the body increase and decrease. This yo-yo effect of flaring and subsiding can be extremely demotivating and depressing for the Rosacea sufferer. Flare-ups can be extremely uncomfortable and unsightly and difficult to cover-up or disguise.
Rosacea affects mostly adults, usually people with fair skin, between the ages of 30 and 60. Although it's more common in women, men may develop more apparent signs of the disorder. It's not life-threatening, but it can affect your appearance and really lower your self-esteem.
Left untreated, rosacea tends to be progressive, which means it gets worse over time. Besides acne, rosacea can also be mistaken for other skin problems, such as skin allergy or eczema. Once diagnosed correctly, it's quite treatable, but requires on-going management to keep it under control.
How do we treat Rosacea?
It must be emphasised that Rosacea is a chronic condition and cannot be cured; however, its appearance can be improved.
Treatment requires a 3-level approach:
1) Actively targeting the condition with in-clinic treatments
2) Maintaining the treatment results with products to manage the condition
3) Oral supplementation to actively lower inflammation in the body & skin
In clinic treatments may include the following:
- Laser Genesis
- Transdermal Mesotherapy with actives that target redness and sensitivity
- PDL (Pulsed Dye Laser)
- Candela VBeam – Laser Painting or Laser Toning
- RF Needling with Secret RF or Endymed Intensif
- Azelaic Acid Peel Treatments
Topical Home Care Therapy is vital – there are some excellent products available to help Rosacea patients – some of these incredible options are available via our online store
What causes Rosacea?
- Although the exact cause of rosacea remains a mystery, a number of factors can aggravate it or make it worse.
- Some of these include:
- Temperature extremes (Avoid sitting in front of fires or sitting in the sun for long periods)
- Sunlight or sun exposure can trigger a flare-up
- Strenuous exercise
- Hot baths, saunas, steam rooms
- You may be sensitive to chlorine in swimming pools
- Drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications
- Diet has been shown to play a role – Triggers may include sugar, gluten, hot spices, alcohol that is high in sugar – any food that are known irritants can cause an inflammatory trigger which causes the skin to flare up
Why choose Skin Renewal for your rosacea treatments?
At Skin Renewal all patients with skin conditions are treated holistically by our experienced medical doctors. In other words, in a rosacea consultation at Skin Renewal, your doctor will take a comprehensive history to ensure that there are no underlying medical conditions which are contributing to your rosacea.
There are numerous significant medical conditions that are associated with rosacea which we need to identify and address.
Conditions such as low stomach acid, dysbiosis and leaky gut all compromise skin and may cause rosacea but more importantly these conditions may have future health ramifications such as auto immune disease, food sensitivities, allergies, asthma, depression and even cancer if they are not adequately addressed.
Treating the condition on all levels is really the only way to have success.