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Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that presents with flushing of skin on face, central facial redness, enlarged visible blood vessels, small lumps and pustules. Other symptoms include burning and stinging, facial swelling and dryness, thickening of the skin. About 10% of the population is affected usually between 30 to 50 years and women more commonly than men. There are 4 sub-types of rosacea. Type 1 – Erythemotelangiectatic rosacea. This Type is mild with redness in central face, prominent superficial blood vessels and sensitive and irritable skin. Type 2 papulopustular Rosacea or classic rosacea and presents with small lumps (papules), pustules, and redness and may be misdiagnosed as acne. Type 3 – Phymatous rosacea which presents as thickened, irregular skin on the nose. Subtype 4 – ocular (involving the eye) rosacea. The condition can progress from the mild to severe. Early treatment is important to stop progression to the more severe forms. This condition can be very distressing and embarrassing to the sufferer.

Rosacea is common in fair skin. The cause of rosacea is unknown. Sun damage, skin flushing and genetic predisposition are risk factors in developing rosacea. Other factors implicated include dust mites, intestinal bacteria, chemicals, food intolerances and psychological factors. Sun exposure, heat, alcohol and spicy food can aggravate it. The skin is extremely sensitive and may become irritated easily. Research is ongoing. If left untreated or incorrect treatment may result in worsening of symptoms and progression of the disease.

This is a complex disease. There is no single approach to treatment. There is no cure however the correct combination of treatments can manage the symptoms and prevent progression to more severe disease. This first step in treatment is making a correct diagnosis. Inflammation and sensitive skin are common features of all subtypes. Anti- inflammatory supplements, gentle skin care products, gentle peels, skin needling sunscreen and sun avoidance, avoiding aggravating factors such as foods and stress, topical and oral antibiotics, light and laser treatments are available at Le sands Clinic and are used in combination to manage this disease.

Making the correct diagnosis is the first step in managing this condition. At Le Sands Clinic we perform an in-depth skin and medical consultation as part of our routine assessment. A personalised management plan will be formulated to address your individual concerns and desires. Contact the clinic for an initial free consultation with one of our skin care experts. Call 02 9567 0399 or email us

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