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What Is Rosacea?

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.

Rosacea is caused by swelling of the blood vessels that are situated right beneath the skin. This leads to the associated symptoms of redness of the face, blushing or flushing easily, an increased number of spider-like blood vessels (telangiectasia) of the face, red nose (also called a 'bulbous' nose), skin sores that may ooze or crust in more extreme cases, a burning or stinging feeling in the face and irritated, bloodshot, watery eyes.

Although rosacea is a harmless condition, it may lower self-esteem and the confidence of those affecting, therefore impacting on social and sometimes professional lives.

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What are the symptoms of rosacea?

The main symptoms of rosacea are

  • Redness, rash or blushing across your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin that comes and goes
  • Burning or stinging when using water or skin care products
  • Acne – like breakouts
  • Dry skin, swelling
  • Irritated, bloodshot eyes 
  • Thickened skin (typically on the nose)

How can you treat rosacea?

There are several different ways of treating this condition, depending on how severe your case is.

Treatments include:

  • prescriptions for creams and gels you put on your skin
  • taking oral antibiotics
  • IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment 


Rosacea can be successfully treated with the use of Intense Pulsed Lights and is a fast and easy way to help reduce the effects.

IPL treats rosacea by focusing 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 an anaesthetic.

The amount of procedures needed to get the desired results will vary depending on the patient and the severity of the condition.

Whatever your personal needs, you can rest assured that we will provide the leading UK consultant dermatologists, techniques and facilities for your treatment at our state-of-the-art, purpose-built, dermatology clinic in Sloane Street, Chelsea.

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Why Do People Have It?

The benefits of treatment for rosacea include:

  • Reduced redness and itchiness
  • Restored, even skin tone
  • Improved self confidence and self-esteem
  • Reduced stress, anxiety and unhappiness 

What causes rosacea?

The causes of rosacea are not fully known or understood. Your genetics, immune system and environmental factors may all play a part.

Studies have indicated some triggers can contribute to a worsening of the condition. These include alcohol, exercise, high and low temperatures and stress. Spicy food, cheese, caffeine and hot drinks are also indicated. Rosacea can also be very sun sensitive.


Why choose the Cadogan Clinic for your rosacea treatment?

  • We treat hundreds of rosacea cases each year
  • Our team of 9 highly experienced specialist dermatologists have been handpicked to form one of the best independent dermatology units in the country
  • Our purpose build dermatology clinic is conveniently located off Sloane Square  

What to expect during your rosacea consultation at the Cadogan Clinic?

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:

  • The best options for treatment for you given your rosacea condition, and the results that you would likely achieve with each treatment
  • An explanation of the treatment or treatment plan
  • Go through your past medical history
  • Answer any questions you may have

3 Easy Steps

  • Visit the Clinic on Sloane Street, Chelsea for your in-person consultation with one of our dermatologists
  • Start your treatment plan
  • Return to the Clinic to see your dermatologist - if required - to monitor the progress of treatment 

Frequently Asked Questions


Rosacea is a chronic condition and there is no known cure.

The best way to help prevent regular flare-ups, however, is to try and identify triggers for the condition and to avoid these wherever possible.

To isolate these, we typically recommend keeping a food diary and tracking which products you use on your skin, and their respective effects on your redness.

Avoiding sun exposure is also a good idea, as is using liberal amounts of sun cream on a daily basis, even when it is not sunny. You should also try to limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.

Some cosmetics can effectively cover up rosacea and you may also benefit from skin camouflage.

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.

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.

Rosacea sufferers are typically

  • Between the ages of 30 and 50 years of age
  • Fair skinned
  • Blonde haired, blue eyed
  • Likely related to someone who also has rosacea
  • Likely has or has had acne
  • Female

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.

Rosacea can occasionally get better with age, but this is rare.

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.

How to find us

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.

Address: 120 Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, SW1X 9BW

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