Saturday 24 August 2013


What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face. Symptoms begin with episodes of flushing, however other symptoms develop when rosacea progresses. These symptoms include:

- Burning and stinging sensations 
- Permanent redness
- Acne
- Small blood vessels becoming visible

1 in 10 people in the UK are thought to develop rosacea, although in most cases the symptoms are very mild. In addition, rosacea usually develops over a long period of time and is more common in women.

What causes rosacea?

Although rosacea is a common skin disease, the exact cause of it is unknown. However several triggers have been thought to make the condition worse.

Rosacea triggers include:

- Sun exposure 
- Exercise
- Cold weather and wind
- Heat
- Alcohol and caffeine
- Stress
- The menopause
- Certain medications
- Certain foods (spicy foods and yeast extract for example)

How do you treat rosacea?

There are various different ways to help prevent and treat rosacea. These include topical treatments and oral treatments, IPL treatment and lifestyle changes. The NHS has a great list of various rosacea treatments - you can view it here.

There are also a number of skincare products available that help to combat redness and irritation.

  1. Dr. Nick Lowe Redness Relief Calming Cream 50ml (£15.49 / $25.56
  2. Dermalex Rosacea Cream 30g (£18.99 Boots)
  3. Skinceuticals Redness Neutralizer 50ml (£69.00 / $66.00
  4. Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser 200ml (£7.00 / $8.79
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