Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic facial skin condition typically affecting the central part of your face, including the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin area. Rosacea makes the skin flush easily, facial redness and soreness, rash and pus-filled pustules can also appear.

Rosacea does not have any known cause or cure, but the symptoms can be effectively treated and managed to make them less bothersome and uncomfortable. This condition is most common among people of the Caucasian race with north-European ancestry. You can avail effective treatments for Rosacea on Meds Now.

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Dermalex Rosacea Treatment

Dermalex Rosacea is a cream-based skin-restoration medication designed with a triple-action formula that offers protection against external aggressors in addition to reducing redness. It moisturises and replenishes the skin cells with its film-coated UV filters. It is free from antibiotics or steroids.

£16.99
Doxycycline

Doxycycline is a tablet of the drug Doxycycline Hyclate which helps treat severe acne. It is a delayed-release form of Doxycycline. The medicine is known to be effective because its absorption does not depend on the pH of the stomach.

£13.99
Efracea (Doxycycline)

Efracea is an oral medication with doxycycline, a tetracycline antibiotic. Doxycycline is an active compound that can help overcome the symptoms of a variety of bacterial infections. It hinders the growth of the bacteria, allowing your body to fight off the infection and thereby curbing any further damage to the skin.

£20.99
Erythromycin

Erythromycin is an antibiotic recommended for the treatment of papulopustular rosacea and other bacterial infections. It generates an anti-inflammatory effect thereby relieving the symptoms of this condition. Make sure you store the medication at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

£5.99
Finacea Gel (Azelaic acid)

Finacea Gel is a topical gel-based medication for the treatment of lesions associated with rosacea. It is a formula containing azelaic acid that helps in promoting quick natural skin renewal, thereby reducing pimples and blackheads formation. It kills the bacteria responsible for rosacea.

£19.99
Metrogel (Metronidazole)

Metrogel is an antibiotic ointment containing metronidazole. Doctors recommend this medication for the treatment of rosacea, an inflammatory skin condition of the face. For optimal results, apply a thin layer twice a day after washing. You may see an improvement within three weeks.

£39.99

Rosacea skin is a chronic skin condition that usually affects the central one-third part of the face. It causes redness and soreness on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. It also causes small pimples and a rash with bumpy spots to appear on your skin. Over time, if left untreated Rosacea can affect the eyes to make them look bloodshot and the rash may spread to the neck, back, and chest.

Most commonly diagnosed among people above the age of 30, Rosacea is more common among women. However, it is observed to be more severe in men. In some cases, Rosacea is also hereditary.

There are four sub-types of this disease:

  1. Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea (ETR): This is a kind of Rosacea associated with inflammation of the skin, facial redness, soreness, and visible blood vessels.

  2. Papulopustular Rosacea: This subtype of Rosacea is defined by the small pimple o like pustules or acne-like breakout it causes on the skin.

  3. Rhinophyma: This is the rarest subtype of Rosacea and it causes a thickening of the skin on the nose.

  4. Ocular Rosacea: This kind of Rosacea is concentrated around the eyes.

What causes Rosacea is yet to be determined. There is no known cause or cure of Rosacea skin as of now. Some researchers suggest that it could be caused by a malfunction of blood vessels or a fungal infection. However, it is not determined. Some contributing factors are:

  1. Abnormality in facial blood vessels – An irregularity in the functioning of your facial blood vessels may cause flushing, persistent facial redness, and visible blood vessels. Although it is not determined why the blood vessels get inflamed.

  2. Lighter skin colour – People with lighter skin tone, especially those with northern European ancestry are prone to Rosacea.

  3. Microscopic Mite – We all have microscopic mites such as Demodex folliculorum that live on the human skin. However, the presence of this mite is higher on the skin of patients diagnosed with Rosacea.

  4. Heredity – Rosacea runs in the family and can be inherited from your blood relatives. 

 

Even though a cause for the beginning of Rosacea is unknown, some triggers that cause the condition to flare up have been identified. These include – 

  • Stress

  • Exposure to sunlight

  • Alcohol

  • Caffeine

  • Spicy food

  • Dairy Products

 

The following signs and symptoms of Rosacea have been identified – 

Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea (ETR)

Papulopustular Rosacea

  • Redness and flushing in the centre of your face.

  • Visible blood vessels

  • Breakage of blood vessels

  • Swollen/Inflamed skin

  • Sensitive/Sore Skin

  • Dry, rough and scaly skin

  • Stinging or burning sensation on facial skin

  • Redness and flushing in the centre of your face.

  • Acne-like breakouts on the face

  • Oily and patchy skin

  • Sensitive Skin

  • Breakage of blood vessels

  • Raised patches of skin

Rhinophyma

Ocular Rosacea

  • Thickening of the skin on the nose, forehead, and chin

  • Breakage of blood vessels

  • Bumpy skin texture

  • Large pores

  • Bloodshot and watery eyes

  • Stinging or burning sensation in the eyes

  • Gritty feeling in the eyes

  • Dry or itchy eyes

  • Diminished vision due to cysts in the eyes and increased light sensitivity

  • Breakage of blood vessels, especially on eyelids

 

Even though there is no cure for Rosacea, there are a lot of long term treatments that can control the symptoms of Rosacea skin condition. MedsNow offer all the best treatments for Rosacea, including the latest medications and Rosacea treatments in the UK, you can now conveniently order them online – 

  1. Topical Medications

Topical medications include lotions, Rosacea creams, or ointments that patients need to apply on their skin twice a day or more, depending on the prescription by the doctor. Metrogyl is a common topical medicine prescribed by doctors to treat Rosacea. Some other examples of topical medicines include - Efracea, Finacea Gel, Dermalex Rosacea Treatment, Mirvaso Gel, Soolantra Rosacea Cream, and Rozex Gel. Check out the wide range of topical medications for Rosacea available on Meds Now.

  1. Oral Antibiotics

Sometimes doctors may prescribe oral antibiotics comprising of doxycycline and minocycline to treat Rosacea. One such commonly prescribed oral antibiotic is Tetracycline. It helps to – 

  • Reduce facial redness, soreness, pustules, and eye-related symptoms.

  • The course would be 6-12 weeks, depending on the severity of the infection

  • If there is another outbreak, the course may need to be repeated.

  1. Isotretinoin (Accutane)

Oral isotretinoin or Accutane works to stop Rosacea by reducing the size and number of enlarged oil glands. This treatment is known to have a lot of side effects.

  1. Laser Treatment & Intense Pulsed Light

Laser treatment helps Rosacea patients get rid of the visible blood vessels, redness, and to improve the texture and complexion of the skin. The most effective laser treatment for Rosacea has been “the pulsed dye laser (PDL)” also known as the intense pulsed light therapy. Sun avoidance is necessary during the six to eight weeks of laser treatment for Rosacea.

  1. Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic Therapy or PDT is a treatment that uses topical photosensitizer liquid which is applied to the affected area of the skin and a light is shone on the skin to activate the treatment. This is a treatment that has been used to treat pre-cancers and acne. However, it has been successful for many patients of Rosacea as well. It reduces inflammation and facial redness. The treatment usually lasts one to two hours. After the treatment, strict sun avoidance for up to 3 days is recommended.

  1. Glycolic Peels

A lot of people suffering from Rosacea have benefitted from glycolic peels. A professional applies the peel to your face for two to three minutes every few weeks to keep the Rosacea at bay. However, some patients have experienced itching, burning sensations, and mild stinging during the glycolic peel treatment. Therefore, one must opt for this treatment with caution in Rosacea.

  1. Plastic Surgery

In the case of Rhinophyma – a type of Rosacea wherein the skin around the nose begins to thicken. Plastic surgery is a good option for treatment. This is also known as the Rosacea nose. Using laser or scalpel surgery, extra skin growth can be removed. Plastic surgery removes the excess tissue and brings the shape of your facial features back to normal.

 

Some of the complications that can arise due to Rosacea include – 

  1. Ocular Rosacea

If Rosacea affects the eyes, your eyelids may become inflamed and bloodshot. This is a common complication caused due to Rosacea. It is usually treated by topical antibiotic medication that needs to be applied around the eyes.

  1. Embarrassment, Low self-esteem, and confidence

Even though Rosacea is not a life-threatening condition, it has a damaging effect on a person’s appearance. A lot of patients find their emotional health deteriorating due to their embarrassment about their appearance. Patients who are well informed about Rosacea tend to cope better, as they are mentally prepared for the complications.

Once treatment is successful and the symptoms start to abate, the patient’s self-confidence returns.

 

Is Rosacea itchy?

Itchiness of the skin is not a symptom of Rosacea. In the case of ocular Rosacea which affects the eyes, you may feel itchiness and irritation in the eyes.

What does Rosacea look like?

If someone has Rosacea, their skin is easily flushed. With time, the facial skin can become red and sore to touch. A rash of bumpy spots or pus-filled pustules can appear on your cheeks, nose, and forehead. If Rosacea affects your eyes, you may find redness and swelling on your eyelids and a bloodshot look in your eyes. Here is a picture that shows what Rosacea looks like -

A woman suffering from rosacea

 

Is Rosacea infectious?

No. Rosacea is not infectious and cannot spread from one person to another. 


Can Rosacea be permanently cured?

No. As of now, there is no permanent cure for Rosacea. However, there is a variety of treatments available on MedsNow to control the symptoms of Rosacea.


What are the early signs of Rosacea?

Early Rosacea usually starts with flushing, more frequently than usual. Soon after, a mild rash or redness starts to appear on the nose, cheeks, and chin (the central part of the face). These are the two most common signs of the onset of Rosacea.


How can I know if I have Rosacea?

The best way to find out if you have Rosacea or not is to see a doctor. A physical examination of the skin is enough for a physician to diagnose Rosacea. In some cases, especially you have mild Rosacea – the doctor may refer you to a dermatologist who can determine whether you have Rosacea or some other skin condition.

Does Rosacea Come and Go?

Yes. Rosacea is a waxing and waning skin condition. As there is no cure, the best thing to do is identify your triggers and avoid any activity that may flare your Rosacea up. In case it does flare up, take oral or topical medication as prescribed by your doctor to help subdue the flare-up.

What are some good home remedies for Rosacea?

Some of the home remedies that are effective for Rosacea are:

  • Soaks consisting of diluted vinegar (1 part regular table vinegar & 6 parts water) to gently cleanse the skin on a daily or weekly basis. Vinegar does not suit every type of skin. The best idea is to apply the soak to a small part of the face to test, before trying on the whole face.

  • A homemade green tea soaks to soothe the inflammation is also very useful for Rosacea. 

  • Avoiding exposure to extreme heat conditions. Use a sun-block with at least SPF 15 for protection if going out.

  • Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages.

  • Avoid spicy food.

  • Keep your skin as clean and as moisturized as possible.

What happens if Rosacea is left untreated?

If not treated on time for a long period of time, Rosacea can become more noticeable on your facial skin. Frequent flushing can turn into a permanent facial redness, spider veins may appear on your cheeks and some people even get acne-like breakouts.

Is Rosacea a serious condition?

Rosacea is not life-threatening; however, if untreated for a long period, Rosacea can cause great discomfort and permanent disfiguration on the facial skin. Rosacea also damages a person’s self-esteem and confidence due to the effect of the disease on the patient’s appearance. 

 

 

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