Rosacea treatments and understanding your triggers
Posted by Cedars Dermatology, 6th May 2019
Rosacea is incredibly common, but despite this it isn’t properly understood. It mainly affects women between the ages of 40 to 60 years old and is less common in men, but when men are afflicted, they tend to experience it more severely. There is sadly no known cure for rosacea as of yet, but there are certain treatments and triggers to look out for that can help manage your symptoms. Let’s explore what may be inflaming your rosacea and professional rosacea treatments in London.
Understanding the symptoms
The symptoms of rosacea are fairly universally experienced, especially in those with fair skin. The symptoms of rosacea are as follows:
- Burning and stinging sensations in the affected skin
- Redness and flushing
- Spots (papules and pustules)
- Blood vessels becoming visible in the skin
Understanding your triggers
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that flares up from time to time. These flare-ups may seem sporadic, but there are some common contributors to these flare-ups that may help to manage their severity and frequency.
UV exposure and sunlight are widely thought to contribute to rosacea flare-ups. Periods of exposure can lead to further blood vessel dilation, making the small veins in the face more visible, and inflame the sensitive skin. Broad-spectrum sun protection is widely recommended for those with rosacea as it will help curb these flushes.
Skincare products can trigger rosacea flare-ups because the skin is very sensitive. Avoiding products that use too much alcohol, fragrances, and lactic acid will help to lessen your chances of inflammation. Speak to your dermatologist about fragrance-free, gentle, and hypoallergenic products.
Some medications, for example those used to treat high blood pressure, open up the blood vessels which can trigger rosacea flare-ups. Topical steroid creams may also aggravate rosacea symptoms, so it’s important to disclose any medications to your dermatologist so we can identify why your periods of inflammation may be occurring.
Rosacea treatments in London
Oral antibiotics may be recommended to you by your dermatologist or doctor, which typically help with the inflammatory element of moderate to severe rosacea. The duration of your course depends on your response to the antibiotics, and you may also be advised to use topical treatments too.
IPL laser treatments are a treatment that we at Cedars Dermatology offer in order to address the visible veins and redness in the skin. IPL treatments use concentrated beams of light aimed at the blood vessels, the heat of which damages the veins and causes them to shrink. A series of treatments may be required in order to produce the best results.
You should always visit a qualified dermatologist for your rosacea treatments in London, which is why you should consider visiting us at Cedars Dermatology. Call us today on 0207 307 7467 to book your initial consultation and to find out about our professional rosacea treatments.