What Exactly is Rosacea?

rosaceaRosacea is a skin condition affecting parts of the face, generally the forehead, nose and cheeks tend to be worst affected. Symptoms include flushing, redness, spots, and sometimes thickening of the skin particularly of the nose which may lead to a related condition called rhinophyma where the nose becomes enlarged and reddened (typically seen in men and common in those partaking of too much alcohol!).

Eye problems such as dry eyes and sore eyelids may also develop. Not all symptoms occur in all cases. Rosacea affects about 1 in 10 people in the UK. Most cases are mild.  A complication that affects the cornea (front of the eye) is uncommon, but serious. See a doctor urgently if you develop any eye pain or visual problems.

Rosacea is sometimes called acne rosacea, as it can look similar to acne with the development of bumps and spots. However, it is a different condition to acne. Symptoms of rosacea include one or more of the following:

  • Frequent flushing of the face, similar to blushing. This is usually the first symptom and it may be months or even years before any further symptoms present.
  • Redness (erythema) of parts of the face. May look like sunburn.
  • Small lumpy red spots (papules) and small cysts (pustules) on the face. The spots and cysts look similar to acne.
  • Thread veins (Telangiectasia) on the face. These are tiny blood vessels under the skin, which you can see and can become quite visible on the face.
  • Eye symptoms (also called ocular rosacea) in around half of cases, but symptoms are usually mild. Symptoms include burning, stinging or itchy eyes, redness around the eyes, dryness, sensitivity to light.
  • Eyelid problems such as cysts, styes or eyelid inflammation (blepharitis).
  • Inflammation and infection of the cornea (the front of the eye) is an uncommon but serious complication that can affect vision. See a doctor urgently if you develop eye pain or visual problems.
  • Thickening of the skin occurs in some cases. The most well known example of this is called a rhinophyma (a bulbous, bumpy nose). This is uncommon.

Treatment For Rosacea and Acne Rosacea

Rosacea treatment can take many forms from ablative laser to antibiotics. Our rosacea treatment makes use of the highly effective Obagi skin treatment range and Medik8 range. We can also treat individual unsightly thread veins and papules using Advanced Cosmetic Procedures. Call us on 01962 809937 to book a consultation.

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