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Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that makes your face turn red and may cause swelling and skin sores that look like acne. It typically occurs in people with fair skin between the ages of 30 and 50 and is more common in women than men. However, the symptoms are often worse in men. The condition does affect people with darker skin, but the symptoms can be harder to spot.
Rosacea is caused by the swelling of the blood vessels that are situated right beneath the skin. This results in the characteristic redness of the face and other associated symptoms. Rosacea is a harmless condition and does not usually cause any pain or discomfort, but in the most severe cases, people with rosacea may experience burning, stinging or itching skin.
It is not known what causes rosacea, but there are certain triggers which can cause the condition to flare up. These triggers vary from person to person. Rosacea is not contagious and is not caused by poor hygiene.
Many people choose to seek rosacea treatment as the condition can have a major impact on self-esteem and confidence, often having a negative effect in social situations and even impact upon career prospects.
Unfortunately, rosacea cannot be cured. However, there are a number of different rosacea treatments which can help to control the symptoms. A rosacea specialist here at the Cadogan Clinic will be able to advise you on which treatment will be best for you.
It is worth remembering that rosacea symptoms can get worse if not treated.
Before you seek treatment, you should seek a diagnosis as rosacea can present in a similar way to other conditions, including acne, lupus, contact dermatitis, seborrhoeic dermatitis and other types of dermatitis, and keratosis pilaris, where the hair follicles are blocked by a build-up of keratin.Get in touch
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People usually seek rosacea treatment for one or more of the following reasons:
The symptoms of rosacea vary depending on the type of rosacea a person has and which stage of rosacea they have. Typical rosacea symptoms include:
However there are a number of things which can cause symptoms to flare up. Diet in particular plays a major role in managing rosacea symptoms.
People who have rosacea should identify what triggers their symptoms and avoid them wherever possible. We recommend you keep a diary to record your food intake and to help you identify any potential triggers. Common rosacea triggers include:
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Certain medications affect blood flow to the skin, leading to the appearance of symptoms. These medications include topical steroids, niacin (vitamin B3) and sympathomimetics, which are used to control blood pressure.
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There are three main treatments that will help to control the symptoms of rosacea. The effectiveness of these treatments depends on the individual patient and the severity of their symptoms.
Prescription creams and gels
Rozex (metronidazole) cream or gel, Soolantra (ivermectin) cream or Skinoren can be used in milder cases of pustules and papules. However these prescription creams and gels must be avoided or used with caution in certain patients, for example children and pregnant or breastfeeding women. This form of rosacea treatment may take several months to work, if it all. These topical medicines are not suitable for people displaying more serious symptoms of rosacea.
In more serious cases of rosacea, a doctor may prescribe antibiotics to be taken orally. A course of antibiotics may be taken for anywhere between six to 16 weeks. In some cases, creams may be used alongside antibiotics. Erythromycin, oxytetracycline and Efracea (doxycycline as monohydrate) are all medications which are typically prescribed for rosacea treatment.However, it may take several weeks of taking antibiotics before you see any meaningful results. Antibiotics for rosacea may not be suitable for patients with liver or kidney problems, myasthenia gravis (a condition that causes long-term muscle weakness) and pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Some antibiotics are known to lessen the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill and may not be suitable to be taken alongside other medications. These vary depending on which antibiotic you are prescribed.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment
Fast and effective, we consider IPL to be the gold standard in terms of rosacea treatment. IPL for rosacea focuses on the visible blood vessels of the skin. The heat from the light targets the widened blood vessels and causes them to shrink until their visibility is significantly reduced.
When this procedure is performed, special care is taken to avoid causing damage to the surrounding skin tissue. This procedure may cause slight discomfort, however patients are usually able to undergo the entire procedure without the need for an anaesthetic.
The amount of procedures needed to get the desired results will vary depending on the patient and the severity of the condition. One of our rosacea specialists will be able to advise you on the number of procedures that you may need.
The side effects of IPL are usually minor and temporary. Typical side effects include itching, light bruising, redness, swelling, skin peeling and scabbing. Our consultant dermatologist will go over these with you before undergoing IPL for rosacea.
There is no known cure for rosacea, but timely treatment can stop the condition from getting worse and improve your quality of life.
Whatever your personal needs, you can rest assured that we will provide the leading UK consultant dermatologists, techniques and facilities for your rosacea treatment at our state-of-the-art, purpose-built, dermatology clinic in Sloane Street, Chelsea
We have invited a selection of the country's very best consultants to join us at the Cadogan Clinic so that you can be sure that whatever the nature of your treatment, you will be seeing one of the top practitioners in the country.
Dr. Andreea Anton
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Dr Aveen Connolly
Dr. Tamara W Griffiths
Dr. Mia Jing Gao
Dr. Wisam Alwan
Dr Maham Khan
Dr Soudeh Mashayekhi
Dr. Hayley Leeman
Dr. Susan Mayou
Dr. Sophie Momen
Dr. Amélie Seghers
Dr Kristina Semkova
Dr. Nisith Sheth
Dr Thomas Tull
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You will meet with one of our highly trained dermatologists at the Cadogan Clinic on Sloane Street, Chelsea for an in-person assessment of your skin.
Your consultant will discuss the following with you at this consultation:
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There are a number of reasons why you should come to Cadogan Clinic for your rosacea treatment.
What are the different types of Rosacea?
There are two main types of rosacea:
This particular type of rosacea is characterised by the flushing and persistent facial redness which is typically associated with the condition.
In vascular rosacea, the blood vessels become swollen under the skin, leading to flushing and persistent redness in the central parts of the face. Small blood vessels may also become visible on the face.
In vascular rosacea, the skin is sensitive and some people may experience burning, stinging, itching, swelling, dryness or roughness.
This form of rosacea is characterised by the appearance of bumps (papules) and/or pimples (pustules) on the face. These are common in many people who suffer from rosacea. Some patients may also experience raised red patches, which are commonly known as plaques.
These bumps and pimples come and go and are often mistaken for acne. However no whiteheads or blackheads are present. They appear mainly on the cheeks, but can also form around the mouth, nose, eyes, chin or on the forehead.
Papules and pustules may be accompanied by flushing, but this is not true of every person who has inflammatory rosacea.
Tiny blood vessels can usually be seen with inflammatory rosacea. The skin is easily irritated and inflammatory rosacea can also feel tender, rough or swollen and some people may experience a burning or stinging sensation during a flare up.
Less common types of rosacea are ocular rosacea, which affects the eye area, and phymatous rosacea (skin thickening) which usually affects the nose but can also affect the cheeks, chin, forehead or ears.
Often people experience a combination of different rosacea symptoms. One of our expert dermatologists will be able to identify which type of rosacea you have and how best to treat you
What are the four stages of rosacea?
There are four stages of rosacea: pre-rosacea, mild rosacea, moderate rosacea and severe rosacea.
How can I prevent rosacea?
It is not known what causes rosacea, so unfortunately you cannot prevent the condition itself. However, timely treatment, such as IPL, antibiotics and prescribed creams or gels, can prevent rosacea from getting worse. Avoiding known triggers, such as alcohol, certain foods and excessive sunlight, will prevent symptom flare ups or ensure that any flare ups are less severe. We recommend keeping a diary of what you eat and making a note of potential triggers so you know what to avoid in order to help control your symptoms.
Does drinking cause rosacea?
Research indicates that drinking alcohol is a common trigger for rosacea, and can increase the likelihood of a flare-up in an individual disposed to rosacea.
The risk of developing rosacea typically increases with the increase in alcohol consumed.
This is not always the case, however, and rosacea can be triggered by a variety of other emotional, environmental and medical factors.
It is also true that people who do not drink alcohol can suffer from rosacea.
Is rosacea genetic?
There is no definitive evidence that rosacea is genetic, although it is common that rosacea sufferers also have family members who suffer from the condition.
This is a very common disorder, impacting roughly 1% of the population.
Who commonly gets rosacea?
Rosacea sufferers are typically
Is rosacea dangerous?
Rosacea is not a dangerous condition in and of itself.
That said, it can cause a serious impact on self-esteem and self-confidence, and have a negative effect on an individual's mental health and wellbeing.
Is there a cure for rosacea?
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for rosacea. The condition can occasionally get better with age, but this is rare.
The best way to prevent rosacea from getting worse is to treat the condition using IPL, antibiotics or prescribed creams or gels. You should avoid triggers wherever possible in order to prevent flare ups.
Treating rosacea will prevent it from getting any worse, but you will need to continue with treatment in order to maintain the results. One of the Cadogan Clinic’s expert dermatologists will be able to advise on the most appropriate treatment for you.
Is my rosacea treatment permanent?
Your results are not permanent, and it is not possible to completely cure rosacea. That said, it can be properly controlled and prevented from worsening via proper treatment.
The Cadogan Clinic is based at 120 Sloane Street in Chelsea, just off Sloane Square and the Kings Road.
We are accessible by all major bus routes that pass through Sloane Square and Sloane Street, as well as Sloane Square tube station.
We are just a 5 minute walk northwards up Sloane Street once you have arrived at Sloane Square.
Local pay parking is available just around the corner from the Clinic on Cadogan Gate, Cadogan Square and Cadogan Gardens. Our local residential parking zone is the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
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