We all get some amount of facial flushing, which is a common skin condition called rosacea, but some get it more than others. Rosacea, affects one in ten people, and typically starts between the ages of 30 to 50, but it can start at any age. It usually begins with red flushes, and over time areas of the skin become consistently red. Sometimes the flushed skin might become a little lumpy with acne-like spots and tiny spidery thread veins may appear as time progresses, this is known as acne rosacea.
The areas most commonly affected are the nose, forehead and cheeks and is prevalent in those people with fairer skin. The delicate capillaries can stay dilated, resulting in permanent broken veins on the skin if they are left untreated. The visible symptoms are incredibly upsetting for sufferers, leading to a drop in self-confidence, while acute sufferers can experience much discomfort.
The specific cause for rosacea remains unidentified, but it's thought that certain elements can worsen the condition:
- Hot drinks
- Exposure to sunlight
- Intense exercise
- Excessive Alcohol
- Spicy foods
People who develop rosacea first start to notice a tendency to blush or flush easily, and this can progress to burning or stinging sensations, constant redness, spots and pimples and visible blood vessels appearing on the face. For some people, facial flushes can become a big problem which can really affect their self-confidence.
Rosacea is a frustrating skin condition which although it's not curable, it is manageable. Selston Cosmetic Clinic's laser treatment offers an effective therapy for this upsetting condition. The laser energies give excellent results, with a marked reduction in the flushing attacks of rosacea and leaving the skin's complexion a lot clearer.
Ways to help those with rosacea take care of their skin:
- Try not to get overheated
- When out in the wind and the cold, cover the face
- Apply a high factor sunscreen every day for maximum protection from the sun
- Hairspray can aggravate rosacea, so shield the face when you spray your hair
- Keep your skin care routine simple, as too many products can irritate the skin
- Use only gentle, unperfumed skin care products which are alcohol free
- When washing, avoid scrubbing, rubbing, or massaging the face
- Avoid exposure to strong sunlight.
- It's advisable to stop smoking
- Avoid spicy food, hot drinks and alcohol, as these can aggravate the flushing attacks