Your Guide to Treating Rosacea

Posted by Cedars Dermatology, 16th March 2019

Rosacea, a chronic condition that can be seen as a common rash, typically affects those aged between 40 and 60, whilst being more common in women and more severe in men. The rosacea skin condition often affects the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin, presenting redness, pus-filled spots, dilated blood vessels and small red bumps, as well as inflammation of the eyes and eyelids. Rosacea can be a very uncomfortable and irritating condition to live with, leading to many people seeking the perfect solution to treat their rosacea in an effective way.

It is thought that there aren’t particularly any causes that are directly linked to rosacea, however many people that suffer with rosacea suggest that there are certain triggers. Although everybody is different and rosacea effects people in different ways, common triggers of rosacea include:

  • Being stressed
  • Exposure to sunlight and hot weather
  • Cold weather and strong winds
  • Drinking alcohol and hot drinks
  • Consuming spicy food
  • Consuming dairy products
  • Participating in exercise
  • Other medical conditions you may have

How to Treat Rosacea

Depending on the severity of your rosacea and also the symptoms that you are suffering from, there are a number of ways for it to be treated. Typical forms of treatment for rosacea include:

Oral Antibiotics – Oral antibiotics may be prescribed to you for more severe rosacea treatment, due to the fact that they are able to tackle the inflammation of your skin. Antibiotics that are commonly prescribed are part of the tetracycline group, and they include tetracycline, doxycycline, lymecycline and minocycline. Your course of antibiotics and the duration that they last for will depend on the response that you show to them, and it is often the case that you are advised to take them alongside topical applications.

Topical Applications – Topical applications can be used to treat mild to moderate rosacea, applied directly to the skin. Common topical preparations include azelaic and metronidazole, of which are available in both cream and gel form. Topical applications can take at least 2 months before you can begin to see the results, however new and improved topical applications are now emerging.

For more information about rosacea and how it can be treated, or to book an appointment with a member of our team, please contact us today. Call us on 0207 307 7467, email derm@consultant.com or complete our contact form.

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