Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition in the face typically found in Caucasian women but is not limited to only women.
This skin condition can affect anyone of any ethnicity. It presents itself with pustules, visible blood vessels, swelling in the affected areas of the face, redness or blushing skin. It’s not uncommon for patients with rosacea to also see dry and irritated eyes or styes along the upper or lower eyelid.
Symptoms of rosacea may include sensitive skin, a burning sensation or constant itching of the area. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available for patients affected by rosacea.
Types of Rosacea
- Acne Rosacea – Commonly mistaken for advanced or severe acne, acne rosacea presents as a permanent flush on the forehead, cheeks, and chin. Yellow-headed pimples are common with this form of rosacea; however, unlike acne, this form of rosacea does not scar.
- Ocular Rosacea – Rosacea is easily evolved around the eyes, causing the eyelids and surface of the eye to inflame.
- Papulopustular Rosacea – Also known as inflammatory rosacea, this form of rosacea begins with developing inflammatory papules and pustules, most commonly on the central face.
- Phymatous Rosacea – This form of rosacea presents as a red, lumpy bulbous nose. It often evolves into rhinophyma, which is treatable.
- Vascular Rosacea – Also known as erythrotelangiectatic rosacea, this form of rosacea is the swelling of underlying blood vessels that leads to swollen, heated skin. A common result of this skin condition are pimples and visible blood vessels on the face.
It is possible to be affected by more than one subtype of rosacea.
Treatment for rosacea depends on the type of rosacea. If it’s the vascular type of rosacea, which we call erythrotelangiectatic rosacea, the best treatment is laser or light-based treatments.
However, with inflammatory rosacea, where patients get pimples or pustules, the treatment is generally topical therapy. This topical therapy can come in topical antibiotics, ivermectin medication, oral antibiotics or tetracyclines, which all contain anti-inflammatory properties. The key, however, as rosacea is a chronic skin condition, is to ensure patients are on board with regards to looking after the skin. This can mean paying close attention to the factors that can worsen rosacea or even trigger it.
Factors for patients to keep an eye on can include sun exposure. Our team at Quayside Specialists do encourage patients to be careful with sun exposure, avoiding extremes of temperature and intense winds, wearing a broad-brimmed hat and a physical sunblock daily. It is also recommended patients maintain a healthy mindset and wellbeing. This can mean monitoring stress, alcohol intake, spicy food intake, and the consumption of hot beverages. The triggers are different for different people, but these are the common ones.
It’s also advisable that people treat their skin as very sensitive, meaning the use of many active ingredients, such as acids and retinoids, can irritate patients who have rosacea. Using gentle skin that is fragrance-free is important as well. Following these general measures are just as important as the medical treatment that we use.
Rosacea Treatment Sydney CBD
When you come in to see the dermatologists at Quayside Specialists, Sydney CBD, our team will ensure you feel self-assured about your decision and are fully informed on all the options suitable for your skin needs.
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