What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a disorder of the face that results in red prominent blood vessels, swelling of pores, and skin eruptions similar to acne. Also called “adult acne”, the cause of rosacea is unknown. It occurs most often in fair skinned people, particularly those who blush easily. Women are more commonly affected, although men are more severely affected. Symptoms usually begin to appear between ages 30 to 50, and the disorder is most often seen in middle-aged or older people.

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Rosacea Frequently Asked Questions

  • Redness of the face or cheeks similar to a rash
  • A tendency to flush or blush easily
  • Increased vascularity (broken capillaries) of the face
  • A red, often enlarged nose
  • Acne-like skin eruptions
  • A burning or stinging sensation of the face

If you suffer from Rosacea, then you will probably have broken veins that we can treat using a KTP laser. The background redness (erythema) caused by Rosacea is more difficult to treat and may need three to six different treatment sessions.

While rosacea cannot be cured, its symptoms can be controlled and your appearance improved. The best way to control rosacea is to avoid the triggering events such as prolonged periods of sun exposure, nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol. Heat and rich foods can also contribute to the effects of rosacea.

While topical creams may help control rosacea, the best way to improve your appearance is with light-based treatments such as laser. Treatments must be individualised depending on the severity of your condition and the symptoms you want treated.

At Chiltern Medical Clinic, our doctor will design a treatment plan to meet your needs. The redness, broken capillaries, and enlarged blood vessels can often be reduced in only a few visits.

At the Chiltern Medical Clinic we specialise in non-burning, no downtime techniques. Most of our patients require no anaesthetic for the treatments, and can return immediately to their daily routine.

Although we have no scientific evidence that laser treatment helps with the spots (Papules, Inflammatory Rosacea) associated with Rosacea, anecdotally we feel that it may do. There are other options for treating the inflammatory component of Rosacea, including antibiotics.

Yes, we have never encountered any problems in this regard.

The cost of treatment will be determined at your consultation, as it is difficult to assess how much treatment will be required until we see the area concerned.

Please note that there is a charge for a Rosacea consultation with a Doctor.