Rosacea Flare-Ups: Are YOU Pulling the Trigger?

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The specialist dermatologists at Platinum Dermatology take great pleasure in providing a wide range of cosmetic facial rejuvenation options to men and women who want to refresh their appearance. Not everyone who visits our practice is there for cosmetic reasons, however. Many come in the hopes that our trained dermatologists can help them with troublesome skin diseases.

We can!

Our dermatologists have undergone extensive training to become not only doctors but to become the ONLY recognised specialists in diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Their education and experience mean they can understand the origins and treatment of skin problems on a medical, not just cosmetic, level. This is especially important when the skin problem is vascular lesions or rosacea.

Platinum Dermatology’s List of 7 Common Rosacea Symptoms

Rosacea is a non-contagious, skin inflammation that affects the skin on your face. The symptoms include:

  • Bumps on the skin
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Facial rash
  • Inflamed eyes/eyelids
  • Enlarged capillaries visible beneath the skin
  • Intermittent facial flushing across the nose and cheeks that can become permanent
  • Thickening of the skin on the forehead, chin, cheeks
  • Yellow-headed pimples on the forehead, cheeks and chin

The unpleasant, uncomfortable symptoms of rosacea lead many sufferers to ask, “Why is this happening to me?”

Platinum Dermatology Explains 6 Reasons You May Have Rosacea

If you have rosacea, the small surface capillaries of your facial skin become enlarged, making it look as though you are permanently flushed. The frequent blushing and facial flushing that signal rosacea most commonly trouble people between the ages of 30 and 50, with symptoms growing worse over time.

The precise cause of rosacea remains a mystery. Some of the factors believed to be influential in its development include:

  • Blood flow
  • Demodex (microscopic skin mites)
  • Genetics
  • Irritated follicles
  • Skin bacteria
  • Sun damage

While the origins of rosacea remain debatable, one thing we do know for certain is that

“Various lifestyle and environmental factors – called triggers – can increase this redness response.”National Rosacea Society of America

What Is The Best Treatment for Rosacea?

The best treatment for rosacea depends upon the patient and the intensity of the problem. If you are suffering from mild or moderate rosacea, our skin specialists may recommend topical treatments or prescribe oral medications. Treating the dilated capillaries that feed rosacea at the same time as the oral or topical treatments can also help treat the underlying cause. Both help reduce inflammation and clear up breakouts.

To treat patients with severe rosacea, our dermatologist turn to the powerful, multi-functional Sciton 1064 vascular laser system. The laser works directly on affected blood vessels, coagulating the blood within the vessel wall and causing the wall to collapse down. There is even a Medicare rebate for vascular laser in certain patients with rosacea.

The result is an immediate and visible reduction in redness and veins.

Power to the Patient: 11 Ways You Can Reduce Rosacea Flare-Ups

As dermatologists, the skin specialists at Platinum Dermatology have a lot to offer rosacea sufferers who visit our practice, including knowledge. We give our patients the power to fight back against this troublesome skin disease themselves.

The following are eleven simple lifestyle adjustments that can help prevent rosacea flare-ups. Do your best to avoid:

  • Piping hot drinks
  • Spicy foods
  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Over-heating
  • Sun exposure
  • High winds
  • Excessive exercise
  • Hot baths or showers, especially in the winter
  • Harsh soap, skin care products, and make-up
  • Certain medications (ask your doctor whether any prescription you take could be affecting your circulation and your rosacea)

Rosacea is just one of a wide variety of skin problems we treat at our dermatology practice in Ultimo. If you have medical skin problems, or cosmetic skin problems, or a combination of the two, we invite you to contact Platinum Dermatology on 02 8014 6500 or use the contact form on this page to schedule an appointment.

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