Rosacea

Rosacea is an inflammatory skin disease that results in redness and sometimes pustules, which is why this condition is often mistaken for acne.

Rosacea is most common amongst adults over the age of 30 who have fair skin. Even though it’s more likely that women will develop rosacea, men usually experience more visible signs of this skin condition. Rosacea will not affect your health but it can certainly affect your self-esteem.

If rosacea is left untreated, it can get progressively worse but in most cases, this condition is cyclic, which means it will only flare up for several weeks before the symptoms subside again. Once rosacea is diagnosed, it can easily be treated using one of several treatment options.

Common Causes of Rosacea

There is no definitive answer to what causes rosacea but experts believe that these are some of the contributing factors:

– Blood vessel abnormalities. Dermatologists have found that face blood vessel abnormalities are often linked to redness, flushing and visible blood vessels.

– Fair skin. People with fair skin are far more likely to develop rosacea than others.

– Genetics. Many patients who struggle with rosacea will often have a close relative who has the same condition.

– Mites. Also known as Demondex follicularum, microscopic mites have also been deemed a contributing factor to skin conditions such as rosacea.

H. pylori bacteria. This is a type of bacteria that is found in the gut and is known to cause the blood vessels to dilate, which could lead to rosacea.

Common Rosacea Triggers

Along with the contributing factors mentioned enough, rosacea generally needs to be triggered in order for the symptoms to show up. Here are some of the most common triggers:

  • Spicy or hot foods
  • Alcohol
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Emotions such as stress or anger
  • Saunas or steam rooms
  • Chlorine sensitivities
  • Blood pressure medication

Rosacea Treatment Options

Thanks to advancements in cosmetic medicine, rosacea is no longer a condition that needs to permanently affect your appearance or your self-confidence. Here are some of your treatment options:

– Cosmeceutical Home Skincare
To ensure that your skin is receiving the care it needs to defend itself against conditions such as rosacea, it’s important to use the right skincare products. MUSE Clinic uses the Utraceuticals range to develop custom skincare plans that cater to the specific needs of our patients. Ultraceuticals is an Australian owned brand that produces scientifically-backed products that are free from chemicals, dyes and fragrances, and are designed to address conditions such as rosacea.
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– Laser Genesis
Laser Genesis is an advanced laser system that uses high-power microsecond pulses at high repetition to treat conditions such as rosacea. During treatment, the upper layer of the skin is gently heated up, sealing the broken capillaries and reducing redness. Patients can expect to feel a warm sensation and absolutely no discomfort as the device moves across their skin. The average treatment lasts about 30 minutes and patients are free to return to work directly after their appointment.
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– LED Light Therapy
LED light therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to activate the body’s natural healing processes and treat conditions such as rosacea. Yellow LED light is used to enhance the lymphatic system and revitalise the damaged tissue and blood vessels in the upper layer of the skin. LED light therapy treatments are completely comfortable and won’t require any downtime. Treatments usually take less than 20 minutes to complete but patients should be prepared to undergo more than one LED session to see results.
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– Chemical Peels
To prevent the skin from becoming more aggravated, a light peel can be used to alleviate the redness, dilated blood vessels and inflammation caused by rosacea. Chemical peels are not ideal for treating larger capillaries, in which case laser treatments may also be required. Patients can expect to feel a tingling sensation across their skin as the peel takes effect. Depending on how red the skin appears after your treatment, you can choose to return to your normal activities or take the afternoon to recover.
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– Laser Vein Removal
Laser vein removal is an ideal treatment for spider veins as well as skin conditions such as rosacea. The heat from the laser is absorbed by the broken capillaries, causing them to collapse. The capillaries will gradually be absorbed by the body and disposed of via the lymphatic system. The laser’s built-in cooling system will ensure that you are completely comfortable during your treatments and a cold compress can also be used to reduce any swelling and redness post-treatment.
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To discover how MUSE Clinic can help you treat rosacea, schedule a consultation today.

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