Rosacea is a chronic skin inflammatory condition that is most commonly found around the cheeks and nose. There are millions of people living with this condition, there is currently no current cure but there are ways to manage and minimise flare ups.
There are four different subtypes
1. Erythematolegangiectatic – which is the most common and consists of redness, visible broken veins, and flushing. Flushing can turn purple in colour, feel stingy and last a long time
2. Papulopustular – is the same as subtype 1 but with fluid filled pimples and itchy bumps, at first this can be diagnosed as acne.
3. Rhinophyma/Phymatous – this is thickening of the skin and blood vessels which are usually on nose, this leaves facial areas enlarged and with cyst like nodules. This subtype if most common in men.
4. Ocular rosacea – This subtype can occur on its own and is diagnosed by swollen eye lids, red and sore eyes that often feel gritty/ stinging sensation
Differentiating rosacea from blushing, blushing happens on our face more then other areas due to our face having more blood vessels. The way to know the difference between blushing and rosacea is how long it takes disappear. Blushing is quite quick to resolve where rosacea isn’t. Depending on the severity of your symptoms we may need to refer you onwards for dermatology management.
There are different myths out there to what causes rosacea, the most common ones are:
Facial mites, now don’t be alarmed because we all have them and they are completely normal but one theory is that people with rosacea have more of them then normal and these little mites cause inflammation and irritation to the skin.
A leaky gut/food allergy, the small intestines have a bacterial overgrowth if the body is struggling then are skin can start to struggle.
Unfortunately, currently these are exactly what they are – myths. While we are waiting for those dermatology brains to put a proven full stop behind the cause, there are ways you can manage flair ups.
Although one type of treatment might help one person it is not always the same for everyone, it’s trial and error till you find what works best for your rosacea.
Here at ciao bella the treatments we offer to help are:
Skin care products with active ingredients proven to help rosacea
Intense light therapy (IPL) uses controlled light in specific wavelengths to alleviate the inflammation, redness, pimples and uneven skin tones caused by rosacea.
And lastly always remember to use a broad spectrum SPF come rain and shine and this will minimise flare up.
Both our directors are sufferers of Rosacea and empathise with anyone struggling on where to begin with home remedies and in clinic treatments.
It can be tough at times – but there are many ways to seek advice and help!