Dr Ian Webster
Dr Ian Webster

Understanding Rosacea

Patients with Rosacea tend to flush or blush more easily. They often have a background redness of the skin with multiple small papules and pustules. Rosacea may also affect the conjunctiva of the eyes causing redness and irritation, which we call Ocular Rosacea. Rosacea may be complicated by the development of tiny ‘broken’ capillaries on the face, referred to as Telangiectasia, and in men, the nose may grow bigger and this is what we call Rhinophyma.

Acne vs. Rosacea

  • Rosacea is differentiated from acne vulgaris by the lack of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) which is characteristic of acne. More severe forms of acne will have deeper pustules and cysts which can lead to scarring
  • Patients with rosacea tend to flush and blush more easily and have more sensitive skin, while patients with acne have more oily skin and large pores

Treatment tips that can help with Rosacea

Prescription

  • Oral antibiotics such as the tetracyclines 
  • Topical metronidazole and ivermectin 

(Check with your medical professional)

Non-Prescription

  • Cleanse the skin with the mildest cream-based or a Micellar Water
  • Do not use any harsh toners or scrubs
  • Moisturisers should be gentle and help to reduce redness and maintain a healthy skin barrier
  • Topical treatment for the small red papules and pustules could include Azelaic Acid
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a laser-like device that can treat the ‘broken’ capillaries on the face and it also has anti-inflammatory as well as anti-ageing effects on the skin.

Skincare ingredients that can help with Rosacea

  • French Thermal Spring Water 
  • Azelaic Acid
  • Bisabolol (derived from Chamomile)
  • Niacinamide
  • Ceramides
  • Panthenol
  • Aloe Vera
  • Centella Asiatica 
  • Tranexamic Acid

Skincare products that can help with Rosacea

Certain cleansers can help calm the skin, reduce redness, and alleviate inflammation. Dr Webster recommends:

Targeted treatments help manage these flare-ups and reduce the severity and duration of symptoms, promoting clearer and more comfortable skin. Dr Webster recommends:

Regular use of moisturisers helps maintain the overall health of the skin. Dr Webster recommends:

Sun exposure is a common trigger for rosacea flare-ups. Dr Webster recommends: 

Posted in LEARN / SKIN CONDITIONS on June 22nd, 2023.

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