What Causes Rosacea
While the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, several triggers have been identified that may make the condition worse.
- exposure to sunlight
- cold weather (wind)
- the menopause
- certain medications, such as vasodilator drugs
- hot drinks
- alcohol and caffeine
- eating certain foods, such as spicy foods
Identifying and avoiding the triggers of rosacea can be a useful way of controlling the symptoms.
There is no cure for rosacea, but treatments are available to control symptoms.
Rosacea is a chronic and relapsing condition, which means you will have periods when their symptoms are particularly bad, followed by periods when the condition is less severe. As well as avoiding known triggers, certain medicines can help control flare ups.
As rosacea can affect your appearance, some people find they experience feelings of low self-esteem or frustration.
Who is affected?
Rosacea appears to be quite common, and is estimated to affect up to 1 in 10 people. It most commonly affects people with fair skin, but can also occur in people of Asian and African origin.
Rosacea occurs in both men and women and may occur at any age. However, it typically begins after the age of 30. Middle-aged women are more at risk due to hot flushes caused by the menopause.
Rosacea is a common but poorly understood long-term (chronic) skin condition that mainly affects the face. Symptoms begin with episodes of flushing (when the skin turns red).
As rosacea progresses, other symptoms can develop such as:
– burning and stinging sensations
– permanent redness
– spots (papules and pustules)
– small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible
In the most severe cases, skin can thicken and enlarge, usually on and around the nose.
Your Rosacea Treatment Consultation
The consultation is probably the most important part of a patient’s journey and should never be under-estimated.
For all new patients we always commence with a free 30 minutes consultation and for all existing patients every appointment starts with a mini-consultation and up-date.
At the Apsaras Aesthetic Clinic, our Aesthetic Medical Practitioners will carry out a thorough skin assessment and discuss individual needs on a one-to-one basis in a relaxed but informal atmosphere.
All treatments are individually planned and tailor-made to your unique requirements. During the consultation we will explain all the options and recommend the most suitable treatment, or combination of treatments, for you. We will also discuss expected procedures.