Do I have Rosacea?

You may have often looked at your skin and wondered ‘Why do I have red skin?’ ‘Why is my skin so sensitive?’ If you have, you may have rosacea and if it goes untreated, it can lead to permanent damage.

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a common skin condition which usually occurs on the face and predominantly affects fair skin but may affect all skin types in people aged 40 to 60 years old. It is more common in women but when affecting men, it may be more severe. It is a chronic condition, and can persist for a long time and, in any individual, the severity tends to fluctuate. Rosacea tends to affect the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose, and is characterised by persistent redness caused by dilated blood vessels, small bumps and pus-filled spots similar to acne. There may also be uncomfortable inflammation of the surface of the eyes and eyelids.

What causes it?

The cause of rosacea is not fully understood. Your genetics, immune system factors, and environmental factors may all play a part. Factors that trigger rosacea cause the blood vessels in the skin of the face to enlarge. The theory that rosacea is due to bacteria on the skin or in the gut has not been proven. However, certain skincare products and skin treatments have proven helpful to treat rosacea. This is because of their anti-inflammatory effect. Rosacea is not contagious.

There are a variety of triggers that may make rosacea worse. These include alcohol, exercise, high and low temperatures, hot drinks, spicy foods and stress. Rosacea can be sun sensitive.

What are the symptoms of rosacea?

The rash and the blushing associated with rosacea can lead to embarrassment, lowered self-esteem and self-confidence, anxiety and even depression. Furthermore, the skin of the face is often sensitive, and the affected area can feel very hot or sting.

What does it look like?

Rosacea usually starts with a tendency to blush easily. After a while, the central areas of the face become a permanent deeper shade of red, with small dilated blood vessels, bumps and pus-filled spots.

Occasionally, there may be some swelling of the facial skin (lymphoedema), especially around the eyes. Sometimes, an overgrowth of the oil-secreting glands on the nose may cause the nose to become enlarged, bulbous and red (called rhinophyma). Rhinophyma is more common in men than in women.

How can I treat it and get clear skin?

So, if you have asked yourself, Why is my skin so red? Why is my skin sensitive? And the above sounds familiar, then chances are you have a type of rosacea. You need to take action now to avoid further skin damage.

There are two steps you can take to tackle rosacea:

Step 1:  A pure chemical peel

Step 2: Skincare products

Now, there are so many different skin care treatments out there, the important factor is that you have the correct skin treatment FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE. A chemical pure peel has an anti-inflammatory in which is KEY!

I know there are so many different skincare products out there it’s mind-boggling! To treat rosacea, similar to the pure peel, you need products that have anti-inflammatory ingredients in.

Where can I go for a chemical peel skin treatment near me? And where can I purchase skincare products? I hear you ask….

Christchurch Derma Spa is a skin clinic in Christchurch, Dorset, offering bespoke skin treatments such as Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion and Skin Tightening.

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