Living with rosacea

Gaining control of your rosacea

Written by: Dr Firas Al-Niaimi
Published: | Updated: 15/08/2018
Edited by: Bronwen Griffiths

Rosacea is a common skin condition that is characterised by red cheeks and visible blood vessels. Sometimes these symptoms can flare up and be very noticeable. Our leading dermatologist, Dr Firas Al-Niaimi, talks about this condition and how sufferers can gain control of their rosacea-tinged skin.

Rosacea is a pretty common skin condition that is usually suffered on a long-term basis, however, as common as it is it is still misunderstood. Rosacea affects the face and normally it first occurs by the skin turning red for a shorter period of time. Such instances are known as ‘flushing’, and thereafter the symptoms can progress to permanent redness, visible blood vessels, spots and even a burning sensation.

The symptoms of rosacea can have periods where they are much worse and other periods where they are calm, which is why this condition is categorised as a relapsing condition. When symptoms are bad, the appearance can be unpleasant which can have an effect on sufferers’ mental wellbeing. For some people with rosacea, it can be a challenging condition to live with, however, long-term treatment can help to take control of the symptoms.

How to take control of your rosacea

Although there is no set cure for rosacea, there are measures you can adopt to help reduce the symptoms and take control of the condition. There are certain triggers linked to rosacea, including caffeine, alcohol, sunlight, stress and spicy foods. If these triggers are avoided, this is one way that the symptoms of rosacea can better be controlled.

In terms of skincare, there are certain irritants that should be avoided. These include witch hazel, peppermint and eucalyptus oil. Additionally, it is always best practice to test new skin products first, for example on the neck. If there is a reaction to the product you then know to avoid that product and the ingredients which it contains.

The best skincare products to choose are those that are allergen-tested and fragrance-free as they are less likely to cause irritation. Multi-functional products are also worth considering as they reduce the number of products you will need to use, and therefore reduce chances of irritation. Topical anti-inflammatory hydrating creams and water-retaining moisturisers are also worth trying.

What can a dermatologist do for my rosacea?

If your rosacea symptoms persist and do not improve with the above measures, consider making an appointment with a dermatologist. Rosacea that is diagnosed early-on is also more easily controlled. A specialist will be able to prescribe certain oral medications, medical creams and gels to help reduce symptoms. Dr Firas Al-Niaimi also has a successful advanced laser treatment to for helping rosacea sufferers.

 

To find out more about rosacea and how to treat it, make an appointment with a specialist.

By Dr Firas Al-Niaimi
Dermatology

Dr Firas Al-Niaimi is a highly-respected and experienced consultant dermatologist with an international standing and over 15 of years medical experience specialising in skin cancer surgery, laser procedures, medical dermatology and cosmetic dermatology. He is based in London's prestigious Harley Street and has NHS affiliation. 

In addition to his specialist training at one of the most prestigious dermatology centres in the UK, he trained for a further year in the advanced study of dermatological surgery, Moh's and laser procedures at St John's Institute of Dermatology, a leading institute in dermatological advances, research and education. This was followed by advanced lasers and cosmetic dermatology training in Pennsylvania and Arizona in the USA.

His scientific research portfolio is impressive with over 150 scientific publications, 8 book chapters and a book of his own, making him one of the country’s most prolific and well-published dermatologists. Dr Al-Niaimi is also a member of advisory boards for several well-respected journals, and his opinions are sought after by numerous pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical and laser companies, such is his expertise in the field. He is regularly invited to speak at locations and conferences around the world to present his work and expertise and has given over 200 presentations in 35 countries so far. He has performed thousands of procedures and is very skilled in all aspects of dermatology.

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