Rosacea affects about 1 in 10 people in Ireland. It is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition, primarily affecting the blood vessels which become hyper responsive to internal and external stimuli such as sun exposure, heat, stress, anxiety, rich food, caffeine and alcohol.
It typically begins any time after age 30 as a redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. In some cases, rosacea may also occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Children are rarely affected and women are more commonly affected than men, but in men it is more severe. Over time, the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear. Left untreated, bumps and pimples often develop, and in severe cases the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue. In many rosacea patients, the eyes are also affected, feeling irritated and appearing watery or bloodshot.
Symptoms of Rosacea can include:
- Frequent blushing or flushing
- Persistent redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead
- Small visible blood vessels on the face
- Bumps or pimples on the face
- Watery or irritated eyes.
While there is no cure for rosacea and the cause is unknown, there are treatments available to control or reverse its signs and symptoms.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is the most effective treatment for Rosacea, by reducing the inflammation and also the damage to the blood vessels. The short millisecond pulses of white light pass through the superficial layers of skin and target the redness underneath. This causes a heating of the red blemish or vein resulting in its collapse allowing it to be absorbed naturally by the body.
Below are examples of the results you can achieve from IPL.
To enhance each treatment our skin consultants will also prepare a home care regime suitable to your skin condition from the Image cosmeceutical skincare range.
The Image Vital C range is perfect for Rosacea-prone skin, as it is suitable for sensitive, dry-dehydrated skin and also contains strong anti-inflammatory and healing ingredients.
Sunlight has been a general cause for a lot of people in aggrevating rosacea problems so it is also advisable to use a daily sunscreen moisturiser of at least Spf 30+.
In order to determine the best treatment plan for you book now for a consultation, where you will receive a thorough skin analysis and a personalised plan of action. We will advise you on the best combination of treatments to actively manage your Rosacea. For more information or to book an appointment please call Renaissance on 806 3200.