Rosacea is a chronic vascular disorder which affects the facial skin and eyes, and is present in up to 10% of the population. It is characterised by one or more of the following features, flushing, persistent redness, telangiectasia (broken capillaries), papules and pustules. Additional symptoms may include, stinging or burning sensations, plaques, dryness, oedema(swelling), phymatous (growth usually on the nose) or ocular changes.

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition which the cause has not yet been determined. The condition has recurrent episodes of remission and flares. Flares are usually triggered by heat, physical exertion, emotional stress, medical conditions, weather, spicy foods, alcohol, certain drugs and some topical products.

It is vital for someone suffering with Rosacea to avoid the flare triggers where possible and to avoid astringents such as soaps, fragrance, scrubs, toners, masks, witch hazel, and acetone. It is advised to avoid topical application of steroids.

If suffering with Rosacea it is essential to wear daily broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30+ regardless of the weather, as sun exposure is a leading cause of flares. Twice daily use of a medicated lotion containing 20% azelaic acid has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and current evidence has shown its efficacy in improving pustules, papules, redness and lesion count. Skin Matters recommends the use of Rosacure gentle cleansing gel and Rosacure Intensive 30+SPF. Skin Matters has formulated two different products which can be altered to fit your specific skin type in order to achieve longer lasting results from in clinic procedures.

In recent years light therapies are being increasingly used to control the signs and symptoms of Rosacea. IPL uses selective photothermolysis to destroy visible vessels by shutting down the vessel through coagulation and sparing the surrounding tissue. It is argued that it is more effective than Lasers as IPL can penetrate the skin more effectively. LED therapy is also emerging as an alternative light based therapy for Rosacea, as the anti-inflammatory effects of the 633 wavelength or red light assists in prolonging remission episodes. In addition to IPL treatment, Clinical peels are also employed as an alternative treatment option to control the symptoms of Rosacea.


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