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April is Rosacea Awareness Month

April is rosacea awareness month, read up on the condition and gain an understanding of what it is and the effects it has on the skin.

What is it?

Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory condition that causes reddening of the skin and often blistering and pus-filled bumps. In some cases, Rosacea can affect the eyes, making them dry, irritated and swollen.

 

What causes it?

The cause of rosacea is not known but there are factors which can contribute to the condition. Abnormalities in blood vessels could explain symptoms of flushing, redness and visible blood vessels. There are also certain external factors that can trigger the condition to arise; alcohol (red wine especially), spicy foods, exercise, weather conditions, stress and hot and cold beverages. We all have microscopic mites (demodex folliculorum) that live on the surface of the skin, however, research has found that Rosacea sufferers have almost double the amount of these mites and although it is not confirmed, it has been linked to the skin condition.

  

 Where does it strike?

This common, non-contagious skin disease is mainly found on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead and can worsen if left untreated.

 

Who does it strike?

Rosacea is more commonly found in fair-skinned women, this is due to female hormones and menopause. However, it can affect anyone but it’s more than likely the sufferer will be over the age of 30.

  

 How can it be treated?

There are many different ways to treat Rosacea.  The first step is to ensure you’re keeping the skin clean by cleansing twice per day and ensuring you follow with a ‘sensitive’ skin care regime. There are also topical and oral medicines available which will work to alleviate any facial redness and swelling.

Another alternative is the Laser Rosacea Treatment – the Harmony AFT works by the laser being placed directly onto the skin and emitting wavelengths of light to target the visible blood vessels just underneath the surface. The heat from the laser works by breaking these vessels down and eventually the vessels collapse. After a course of treatment, they shall altogether disappear.

 

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By HC MedSpa
14th April 2021

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