What is it?
A red rash across the centre of the face, sometimes with whiteheads (pustules) and broken capillaries.
Who gets it?
It typically affects people aged 30-60 with fair skin, blue eyes and a tendency to blush.
What causes it?
There are several causes. It can be inherited, and it’s also linked to sun exposure and sensitivity to the normal microorganisms, including hair follicle mites, that live on the skin.
What are the symptoms?
Skin on the cheeks, nose and chin looks red and feels sensitive, with burning, stinging and soreness.
What’s the best treatment?
Skin should be treated with care. Use an alcohol-free, non-foaming cleanser, avoid scrubs and always use sun protection. A course of low-dose antibiotics can help to control inflammation, and various creams and lotions are available on prescription which can control symptoms. Vascular laser treatment can help to reduce redness.
“Rosacea was making me miserable and self-conscious, but my skin has been totally transformed since I started going to see Dr Clare. She’s given me my confidence back.”
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