How To Know If You Have Rosacea


When it comes to skin conditions, here in Harley Street, our expert dermatologists can help diagnose and either treat or manage your concerns. Rosacea treatment is just one area we’re highly experienced in, but though this condition is common, most people know little about it – and may not even know they have it. In this post, we’ll help identify the problem and offer guidance about how to manage it in the future.


Do I have rosacea? Who is susceptible?


Rosacea presents in the face, and is typically found in women with lighter skin. It resembles a red rash and can be often be seen in areas such as the chin, cheeks, forehead and even nose. Sometimes it can appear patchy, and it can also cause crusts to form on the eyelids. There are some similarities with other skin concerns, so we always advise on a formal assessment with our dermatologists, here at our Harley Street skin clinic.


Is rosacea painful?


It can be, particularly when cleansing the skin. Some sufferers describe a stinging or burning feeling, while others may experience dryness in their skin, which can make it feel tight. Finally, swelling may occur, which can feel sore.


Can diet affect rosacea?


Yes, some foods and drinks can make rosacea worse, such as spicy foods and alcohol. Caffeine can also be a problem for some. The best advice we can give is to keep a food diary. By keeping a record of what you’ve eaten, when, and any side-effects you’ve experienced, it can help towards rosacea treatment.


What else affects it?


The condition can be exacerbated by changes in temperature and moisture levels in the air, as well as sunlight. It can also worsen after strenuous exercise. Nobody knows what causes the condition in the first place.


What about rosacea treatment?


As with many skin concerns, there are treatments you can try at-home and in-clinic with our dermatologists. Things to try yourself include wearing daily sun protection and investing in sensitive skincare, while our rosacea treatments range from lasers to tablets and special creams.


Will I always have rosacea?


Rosacea is a condition that flares up from time to time. Our dermatologists focus on managing any symptoms and side-effects.


What are my next steps?


We advise booking in for a consultation with our dermatologists here at our Harley Street skin clinic. We can then work with you to find a rosacea treatment that works for your skin. Visit our contact page for full details.