Rosacea is a common skin disorder that causes redness of the skin of the face of many Irish people. It is seen in all countries and races but is most frequently seen in people who have fair sun sensitive skin, especially those of Celtic origin. For this reason, the condition is also known as ‘the curse of the Celts’.
Rosacea is a skin condition that usually affects people in their 30s or 40s. Both men and women are affected, but the disorder appears to be more common in women, with men generally having a more severe disease.
Common features include:
- Dry, easily irritated facial skin
- Red spots or pustules on the face and nose
- A tendency to flush easily
- Persistent redness of the central face
- Irritation of the eyelids
- Enlargement of the nose, known
as Rhinophyma (rare)
Rosacea is a chronic (long-lasting) skin disease and at the moment there is no known cure.
Thankfully, however, there are a number of ways to reduce (or eliminate) signs of rosacea on your skin, ease your discomfort and prevent rosacea from worsening.
General Advice for the management of Rosacea
Sun protection: This is essential 365 days a year. Sunlight is the leading cause of rosacea flare-ups, which leads to redness. Even when you treat the redness, you still have to protect your skin from the sun. The cornerstone of this involves applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day.
Trigger management: Even when you treat the redness, triggers can make your face red. Some common ones include sunlight, alcohol (particularly red wine), extremes in temperature, stress, spicy foods. Knowing what triggers your flare-ups and making some simple changes can help you to reduce flares, get better results from treatment and prevent rosacea from worsening.
Skin care: Your skin care products and even the way you wash your face may be contributing to the redness. Anyone who has rosacea needs gentle skin care. Also, daily use of topical Vitamin C Serum 15-20% has also been found to benefit patients with rosacea. At Ennis Medical Aesthetics, we will provide advice regarding suitable skin care products for use.
Rosacea friendly skin care involves:
- Finding a mild cleanser to wash your face.
- Using only your fingertips to gently
apply the cleanser to your face.
- Rinsing with lukewarm or cool water.
- Gently pat your face dry with a soft,
Green-tinted makeup: This cannot reduce the redness, but it can hide it. Some companies make green-tinted makeup specifically for people with rosacea.