Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects up to ten percent of the population in the United Kingdom. The most common characteristic of this condition is pronounced reddening of the skin (usually around the cheeks, nose and forehead) and visible blood vessels in the affected area. We all flush every now and then, but for people with Rosacea the redness can be continuous. People with Rosacea can be sensitive to sunlight, stress, alcohol and other stimulants, and environmental factors. It can lead to complications such as inflammation and even the formation of cysts. Aside from the physical symptoms, as with other skin conditions, it can have a negative effect on self-esteem.
Always consult a doctor before treatment. Not all red skin conditions are caused by Rosacea and examination and tests may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.
What causes Rosacea?
Medical science does not completely understand the mechanics and causes of Rosacea. However, we do know that blood flow to the skin increases in people with this condition, possibly due to oversensitive blood vessels.
People with fair skin also have a higher risk of being affected, and while both genders are susceptible to the condition, Rosacea is more commonly found in women than men. In terms of age, people between the ages of 30 and 50 seem to be the demographic with the most diagnosed cases.
While cosmetics can be used to cover the affected area, it is not they are not always recommended. The application of makeup or oily skin products can make the symptoms worse. Specialised cosmetics are available.
How is it treated?
Topical solutions including antibiotics and exfoliants are prescribed to treat Rosacea. These medications aim to reduce the inflammation of the skin.
Mirvaso is a new medication with a new approach to treatment of the condition. The active ingredient brimonidine reduces the sensitivity of fine blood vessels within the skin. Studies have shown that 7 out of 10 patients treated with Mirvaso have a decrease in Rosacea symptoms.
Once applied, the gel takes up to 30 minutes to start working, and its effects lasts for up to twelve hours. The amount of Mirvaso absorbed into the skin is minimal, meaning it does not interact with most medicines and can be used alongside other skin care products. Makeup can be applied on the affected areas after the gel has dried.
Can Rosacea be prevented?
If you have been diagnosed with Rosacea or think you may be suffering from it, it is important to identify what triggers to flushing. This will help with avoidance strategies. If sunlight is a trigger, sun cream is advisable; if a particular substance, such as alcohol, increases redness, then it could be avoided.
Rosacea can be a frustrating and embarrassing condition because of its effect on a person’s appearance, however it is important to keep in mind that there are options for treatment.