Dermatology: Rosacea2018-09-21T10:48:32+00:00


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Dr Jennifer Crawley

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Rosacea is a common rash usually occurring on the face.  It predominantly affects middle-aged and fair-skinned people. It is more common in women but tends to be more severe in men. It is a chronic condition and, in any individual, the severity tends to come and go.

The cause of rosacea is unknown, but the factors that trigger rosacea cause inflammation and readiness of the blood vessels in the skin of the face to dilate.

Alcohol, exercise, high and low temperatures, hot drinks, spicy foods and stress can trigger and make rosacea worse. It can be worsened by natural sunlight.

Rosacea signs and symptoms

Rosacea tends to affect the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose, and is characterised by flushing and redness, dilated blood vessels, small red bumps and pus-filled spots known as papules and pustules.  There may also be uncomfortable inflammation of the surface of the eyes and eyelids.

Some people with rosacea have eye symptoms (including red, itchy, sore eyes and eyelids, a gritty feeling and sensitivity to light).

A few patients with rosacea may develop more serious eye problems, such as painful inflammation involving the front part of the eye (rosacea keratitis) and this may cause blurred vision.

It is important that you consult your doctor if you develop symptoms affecting the eyes.

Dermatology treatment of rosacea

The inflammation that accompanies rosacea can be treated with preparations applied to the skin or taken by mouth; however, these will not help the redness or blushing that may be associated with rosacea.  Topical applications of metronidazole or azelaic acid are helpful.  In addition, an oral antibiotic may be helpful.  A sunblock is also advised.

An eye specialist should manage more severe types of eye involvement.  There are eye specialists at Clinica London who are specialists in the eye complications of rosacea.

Contact us for a rosacea consultation

During your consultation at Clinica London a full history, including potential triggers, will be taken and a full clinical assessment of your skin is performed.  A treatment plan based on the treatments above will be given.  The treatment options will be based on the severity of the rosacea and you will be reviewed periodically to ensure improvement in your symptoms.

Talk to us about your options on 020 7935 7990

The best way to figure out whether this is something for you is to give us a call. We can answer any questions you have and help you clarify which dermatology treatment options are best for you.

During your consultation at Clinica London, we’ll take a full history and perform a full assessment of your skin.  We’ll give you a treatment plan, based on the severity of your rosacea and then review at the correct time to assess your progress.

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