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Rosacea

Written by Dr Jill Tomlinson on .

Rosacea is a non-contagious inflammatory skin condition that affects the face. The skin capillaries enlarge, giving the appearance of a permanent flush. Rosacea commonly appears between the ages of 30 and 50, with frequent flushing or blushing commonly as the first sign. Rosacea is more common in women but can be more severe in men, sometimes resulting in rhinophyma in severe cases. There is no known cause or cure for rosacea, but it can be managed.  

Symptoms

  • enlarged, visible capillaries (telangiectasis)
  • redness and flushing across the nose and cheeks
  • swollen cheeks and nose
  • small red bumps on the face
  • frequent blushing 
  • a rash that is confined to the face
  • a sensation of "stinging" on the face

triggers

  • alcohol
  • hot drinks
  • spicy foods
  • coffee and tea
  • anxiety and emotional stress
  • overexposure to sunlight
  • overheating

treatments

  • avoidance of triggers
  • topical vitamin A
  • niacinamide/vitamin B3
  • products that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients such as green tea, sea-buckthorn oil, Olive Squalene - such as Synergie's Dermacalm anti redness serum and De-Stress moisturiser
  • zinc oxide based mineral sunblocks and mineral makeup containing high levels of zinc oxide - as zinc oxide is a natural anti-inflammatory
  • camouflage makeup, such as Cover Recover or Synergie redness correct
  • antibiotics such as doxycycline, minocycline and metronidazole; these may be prescribed as topical or oral treatments
  • topical gel that constricta the skin blood vessels (brimonidine)
  • surgery to treat rhinophyma

In the video below Terri Vinson of Synergie Skin details the Synergie skincare products that can be used effectively in rosacea:

 To discuss non-surgical treatment options please contact (03) 9427 9596 and schedule an appointment with one of our practice nurses. For prescription medication treatment or surgical treatment please request an appointment with Dr Jill Tomlinson. 

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