Rosacea | Acne Rosacea
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness, dilated capillaries, red papules and pustules on the face. When it affects the eyes, the eyes can feel dry, irritated and red. There may be a sensation of sand in the eyes as well. Rosacea usually starts with easy flushing or blushing and may or may not progress to other lesions like pustules and papules.
If you suffer from rosacea you need to see a doctor, not a makeup artist!
Rosacea is often misdiagnosed as acne, or not at all.
Some 90 per cent of people who suffer from rosacea also experience low self esteem and low self confidence.
Chronic inflammation is believed to play a critical role in causing redness affecting the nose, forehead, cheeks and around the mouth.
It can be aggravated by certain triggers including heat, cold, intense physical exercise, caffeine and alcohol.
Our skin normally regulates body temperature by opening and closing blood vessels at the skin surface. When the body is hot, more blood vessels open to allow the circulating blood to cool at the skin surface and therefore cool the internal structures as well. When it is cold, the surface blood vessels constrict keeping the heat inside.
At Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin we know that one of the problems with rosacea is that the facial capillaries open readily but don’t constrict back to normal very well. Over time, more and more of these capillaries stay open producing chronic redness and even visible blood vessels.
The cause of rosacea is unknown. The disorder involves enlargement of the blood vessels just under the skin. It occurs most often in fair skinned people, particularly those who blush easily. Women are more commonly affected, but men are usually more severely affected. Symptoms usually begin between ages 30 to 50.
Rashes to discrete red areas or the entire face and tendency to flush, blush easily… Erythema (red areas on the face) with increased vascularity (telangiectasis) of the face. Red, bulbous nose acne-like skin eruptions (macules, nodules, pustules, may ooze or crust). Many sufferers have burning or stinging sensation of the face.
There is no cure known for rosacea. The treatment at the Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin is aimed at the control of redness, inflammation, and skin eruptions through the use of topical or oral anti-biotics or Fotofacial Intensed Light Therapy. Long-term treatment with oral antibiotics such as tetracycline may control skin eruptions. Oral medications similar to Vitamin A (isoretinol or Roaccutane) are also used as adjunctive treatment.
The Palomar StarLux System uses both optical and thermal energy to effectively diminish the dilated blood vessels or telangiectasias commonly seen during this condition. The treatment of skin eruptions may also include long-term treatment with topical (applied to a localized area of the skin) antibiotics such as metronidazole. In severe cases, laser surgery may help reduce the redness. Surgical reduction of the nose hyperplasia may also improve the patient’s cosmetic appearance.
Rosacea is not medically dangerous. However, like many other medical conditions although life long condition, it can be effectively controlled with appropriate treatment. Many patients visit the Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin twice or three times yearly for effective control.
There is no known prevention for rosacea. Patients with rosacea may help control their disease, however, by avoiding triggering factors. For many, sun avoidance and sunscreen use is helpful. Others are aggravated by embarrassment, hot or spicy foods, hot beverages, alcohol, or extremes of temperature.
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The cost of the Triploc Protocol
T-Zone: €150 / session
Face: €200 / session
Face & Neck : €300 / session