Rosacea is a skin condition estimated to affect one in ten people. It is caused by your blood vessels being enlarged. The symptoms of rosacea include:
There is no cure for rosacea, but there is a new treatment called Mirvaso that can improve your skin. It reduces the increased blood flow to the blood vessels in your face, which causes the skin problem.
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Common side effects (occur in less than 1 in 10 patients)
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
Mirvaso is a gel developed to treat rosacea. It works by narrowing the blood vessels and significantly reduces symptoms associated with the skin condition. The gel is easy to use and can be applied daily. Superdrug Online Doctor provides a convenient prescription service, allowing you to order your rosacea cream online.
Soolantra 1% (ivermectin) cream is another medical treatment, used for acne rosacea. It works for around 75% of people who try it and completely clears symptoms in 40% of people. It reduces redness, bumps, and pimples, and also kills small skin mites called demodex, which can cause rosacea flare ups.
Certain antibiotics, such as erythromycin and tetracycline, can be used to treat rosacea. They are usually recommended in very severe cases and they have to be taken for several weeks to take effect. Antibiotics cannot be taken on a permanent basis and they are not suitable for patients with liver problems.
Metronidazole and Azelaic acid
Metronidazole gel and azelaic acid are topical rosacea treatments which are applied to the skin. Both treatments fight inflammation and are used to reduce the occurrence of spots and pimples rather than stopping the blood vessel widening which causes rosacea.
Isotretinoin is an acne medication, which is sometimes prescribed for rosacea. It can have significant side effects and is only recommended for patients with severe skin conditions.
Rosacea can be treated with vascular laser or intense pulsed light treatment. Both procedures need to be carried out by a dermatologist and may require several sessions. They can be very effective in shrinking the blood vessels and reducing flushing and redness, but they tend to be expensive.
One of the symptoms of rosacea is thickened skin. In most cases, this symptom mainly affects the patient’s nose, affecting their appearance. Surgical procedures can be used to reconstruct damaged tissue or remodel the nose in severe cases.
No one knows why some people get rosacea, but it is thought that the facial redness and flushing are caused by enlarged blood vessels (which leads to an increased blood flow). Scientists are not sure why these changes to the blood vessels occur. Some dermatologists believe that exposure to sunlight can lead to skin damage and cause rosacea. Other possible causes include microscopic mites or certain types of bacteria.
While little is known about the causes of rosacea, the triggers which lead to the skin condition are well known. Possible triggers include:
being in a hot environment
eating spicy foods
exposure to sunlight
having a high temperature (for example due to an infection)
some medical conditions such as high blood pressure
some blood pressure medications
Some women experience rosacea symptoms such as hot flushes and redness during the menopause.
Rosacea and skin care
Certain skin care products can trigger the condition. Use alcohol-free and non-abrasive skin care products to avoid skin irritation. It is also recommended to avoid creams and gels which contain tea tree oil, witch hazel, menthol, clove oil camphor, peppermint, lanolin, sodium lauryl sulphate and perfume. Cosmetic products which irritate the skin can not be used as a rosacea treatment.
Rosacea and diet
If your rosacea is triggered by certain foods, you can change your diet to improve your skin. Often reducing the amount of alcohol, spicy foods and caffeine you eat/drink can help. If you would like to find out whether your diet is contributing to your skin problem, you can begin a rosacea diary and list the foods you eat and the severity of your symptoms. This will help you to spot food-related triggers.
Rosacea is sometimes referred to as “acne rosacea”. However, acne and rosacea are two different conditions with similar symptoms. While rosacea is caused by an unusual widening of your blood vessels, acne is caused by an overproduction of sebum.
Rosacea symptoms usually show on the cheeks and nose of a patient. In some cases, the forehead can be affected, too. Possible symptoms include:
flushing and redness
ocular rosacea (eye irritation)
papules (bumps or spots that appear as a swelling but don’t seem to have fluid in them)
pustules (spots that are filled with fluid or pus)
visible blood vessels on the face