Rosacea is a skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face. Often and mistakenly referred to as adult acne, Rosacea begins with a tendency to blush or flush easily and can progress to more persistent redness in the centre of the face that gradually involves the cheeks, forehead and chin.
As the disease progresses further, small capillaries and tiny pimples begin to appear on and around the reddened area. Unlike Acne there are no comedones or milia present. When first developing it may come and go on its own, then when the skin starts to stay reddened and enlarged blood vessels become visible, it will need clinical treatment.
The Rosacea pimples cause a watery pus and the skin is usually accompanied by trans epidermal water loss and possible excess oil, (seborrhoea). A more advanced condition, Rhinophyma, usually affects males rather than females and involves the development of a bulbous nose and puffy cheeks. Sometimes with Rosacea, the eyes become gritty and recurring conjunctivitis can become problematic.
Children do not get Rosacea and woman are more prone to it than men. It has been associated with menopause but this is not proven.
It has been associated with a small mite (Dermodex Folliculum) in some patient but again, this is not satisfactorily proven.
There is some evidence to suggest that an impaired gut function may be causative (maybe from taking long term antibiotics) but again, this is not sufficiently researched to be definitive.
What we do know however, is that everyone who suffers from Rosacea, is fair skinned, usually Fitzpatrick 1 or 2, with some type of damage or disfunction of the skins protective coating, the acid mantle.
Rosacea is a frustrating condition, with no definitive cause and at present, no cure. However, with time and persistence, it is possible to lesson the external symptoms and make life more comfortable, for the sufferer. Internal trigger factors can be avoided or minimised and external symptoms can be controlled.
Our Rosacea Programme is extremely successful, with the majority of patients gaining control of this frustrating skin disease.
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