Rosacea is a common chronic skin condition that makes your face turn red and may cause swelling and skin sores that look like acne.
Although Rosacea can occur in anyone, it most commonly affects middle aged women who have fair skin.
Rosacea is caused by swelling of the blood vessels that are situated right beneath the skin. This leads to the associated symptoms of redness of the face, blushing or flushing easily, an increase number of spider-like blood vessels (telangiectasia) of the face, red nose (also called a ‘bulbous’ nose), skin sores that may ooze or crust in more extreme cases, a burning or stinging feeling in the face and irritated, bloodshot, and watery eyes.
Although rosacea is a harmless condition, it may lower the self-esteem and the confidence of the people who have it, thus, affecting their social, and sometimes even professional, lives.
Left untreated, rosacea tends to worsen over time. Rosacea signs and symptoms may flare up for a period of weeks to months and then diminish before flaring up again. Rosacea can be mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction or other skin problems.
While there’s no cure for rosacea, treatments can control and reduce the signs and symptoms. If you experience persistent redness of your face, see your doctor for a diagnosis and proper treatment.
We offer a range of treatments, often prescribed in conjunction with each other to successfully combat rosacea:
Oral and topical antibiotics can be taken to control symptoms. Alternative medications similar to Vitamin A can also be prescribed if your dermatologist considers them to be a good option for your individual case
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) offered at the Belfast Skin Clinic, also known as “photo rejuvenation” treatment which aims to reduce the appearance of any residual redness