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.