Drinker’s nose not just for tipplers………The facts on Rosacea

Drinker’s nose not just for tipplers……………

We all get rosy cheeks and nose after a glass of our favourite tipple, but if you have a permanently flushed face, you could be one of the 6 million people currently suffering from Rosacea in the UK.

Rosacea (pronounced roh-ZAY-shah) is a progressive inflammatory vascular disorder which mainly affects the face. It is a chronic skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face, scalp, neck, ears, chest and back. It is also possible to get rosacea in your eyes, a condition known as ocular rosacea which can make the eyes look bloodshot.

Rosacea affects about 1 in 10 people in the UK and most of them don’t know they have it, let alone what can be done about it, as Kerry Belba of Laser Skin Solutions explains: “Rosacea is a lot more common than people think. I notice cases of rosacea whilst walking around Bournemouth town centre, and wonder whether people actually realise they have the condition. The good news is, it’s possible to treat rosacea without having to resort to antibiotics.”

There is no cure for rosacea and science hasn’t found a cause. However, it is possible to both treat the symptoms and slow the condition from progressing. Laser treatment is now considered to be the gold standard treatment by dermatologists for rosacea. Some believe that early treatment may reverse the disease. If ignored, rosacea often worsens and becomes difficult to treat. Rosacea may last for years. For most people it tends to get better and then flare

Symptoms usually begin in adults between the ages of 30 and 60. When women with rosacea go through menopause, they may experience additional flushing.

Rosacea often starts with what looks like a blush. Then the disease progresses to red spots and bumps filled with a clear fluid. Tiny blood vessels may become noticeable. The skin on the nose may become thick and red.

Research has set the record straight regarding the old tale that rosacea is caused by heavy drinking. Alcohol aggravates rosacea but does not cause it. Another myth is that rosacea is “adult acne.” The disease has little to do with the spots and blackheads of acne.

People with fair skin tend to get rosacea. Women are afflicted more often than men, but men get more severe forms of the disease. Rosacea often runs in families

If you have rosacea, here are some tips to avoid flare-ups:

• Shield yourself from the sun and extreme cold .

• Abstain from alcohol, if you can. If not, cut down.

• When you put anything on your face, do it gently. No scrubbing.

• Avoid spicy foods and hot beverages.

• Do not use facial products containing alcohol and fragrances.

• Avoid overheating. When exercising, make sure it’s in a cool place. And no hot showers or baths.

• Don’t get hair spray on your face

For more tips and advice on the treatment and management of rosacea please visit the main website www.laserskinsolutions.co.uk

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