Skinessence medi spa – ROSACEA

Rosacea is an inflammatory condition only and unlike acne (acne vulgaris) Rosacea does not cause scarring. Rosacea is a chronic disorder, rather than a short-term condition, and is often characterised by relapses and remissions.

Rosacea occurs predominantly in fair skinned adults, 30 to 50 years of age and persists becoming chronic with age. It occurs more frequently in females, but when it occurs in males it is usually more severe. One in ten patients with Rosacea has a family history of the condition.

Rosacea is an “acnieform eruption”. This means it has many features that make it acne-like in appearance, but it is NOT acne. Thus the old term “acne rosacea” should no longer be used. There are pustules, but no comdones and the condition affects only the face.

There are various forms of Rosacea depending on which skin appearance predominates (including rosacea affecting the nose and eyes), but the most common types mainly cause flushing and telangiectasia or papules and pustules or a combination of both.

Flushing may be provoked by many factors including heat, alcohol, sun, hot and spicy food and drinks, wind and excessive motion.

Most people with the disease may not even know they have rosacea or that it is a diagnosable and treatable condition. Many people who have rosacea may just assume they blush or flush easily or are just very sun sensitive. There is a lot that can be done to assist a client suffering from Rosacea. While at present there is no cure for Rosacea, its symptoms can usually be controlled with medical therapy and lifestyle modifications. Rosacea is not considered contagious or infectious. There is no evidence that Rosacea can be spread by contact with the skin, sharing towels, or through inhalation.

There are many treatment choices for Rosacea depending on the severity and extent of symptoms. Available medical treatments include antibacterial washes, topical creams, antibiotic pills, laser, intense pulsed light therapies and LED photodynamic therapy.

Mild Rosacea may not necessarily require treatment if the individual is not bothered by the condition. More resistant situations may require a combination approach, using several of the treatments at the same time. A combination approach may include home care of washing with a prescription wash twice a day, applying an antibacterial cream morning and night, and taking an oral antibiotic for flare ups. A series of laser and LED photodynamic therapies may also be used in combination with the home regimen and this can greatly assist in treating and controlling Rosacea redness and flare ups.

It is advisable to seek a physician’s care for a proper evaluation prior to seeking treatment of Rosacea and for their advice before using random over-the-counter acne medications since they can actually irritate skin that is prone to Rosacea. Overall, Rosacea skin tends to be more sensitive and easily irritated than that of common acne.