Rosacea Symptoms & Treatment
Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that most often affects the face. Rosacea worsens with time if left untreated. It is often mistaken for acne, eczema, or a skin allergy. It often appears to be more common among fair-skinned people. Although the causes are not fully understood and there is no cure, there are a number of ways to relieve the symptoms.
Rosacea usually appears in phases:
- Pre-Rosacea. Rosacea may begin as a simple tendency to flush or blush easily, and then progress to a persistent redness in the central portion of your face, particularly your nose. This redness results from the dilation of blood vessels close to your skin’s surface. This phase may sometimes be referred to as pre-rosacea.
- Vascular Rosacea. As signs and symptoms worsen, vascular rosacea may develop — small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks swell and become visible (telangiectasia). Your skin may become overly sensitive. Vascular rosacea may also be accompanied by oily skin and dandruff.
- Inflammatory Rosacea. Small, red bumps or pustules that resemble acne may appear and persist, spreading across your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. This is sometimes known as inflammatory rosacea. The skin may feel hot and tender.
Dr Kenneth Thean
Treatment for Rosacea in Singapore
A combination of medications, treatments and lifestyle changes generally give the best results for Rosacea. Apart from topical medications (applied to the skin) or oral medication to reduce the inflammation and redness. We also use a unique combination of lasers and intense pulse light to shrink them. The treatment is comfortable, minimally invasive and personally customised to suit every individual need. Followed by a detailed consultation, I will customised a suitable treatment plan to help you reduce the appearance of the blood vessels in your face and improve your skin quality and texture.
Some other factors that may trigger Rosacea includes;
- Sun Exposure
- Spicy food or Hot Drinks
- Intense Exercise
- Medicines such as steroids applied on the skin
To complement your laser treatments and improve your skin condition significantly, you may also consider the following steps to protect your skin;
1) Apply sunscreen of SPF30 and higher and ensure you are properly covered
2) Use gentle skin care products that are alcohol-free
3) Change your dieting habits to equip with a more balanced diet
4) Apply water-based moisturizers