As many as 1 in 10 people are thought to develop types of rosacea in the UK and yet most of us know very little about it, thus the invention of Rosacea Awareness Month. Rosacea is a common and chronic inflammatory skin condition, which can last for a long time with varying levels of aggression, steadily wearing down the patient’s self-confidence. The condition cannot be cured, but following long-term treatments can significantly alleviate symptoms for various types of rosacea. Luckily, we offer such treatments at Pure Perfection Clinic. What Causes Rosacea? In truth, we don’t quite know! Scientists have speculated that rosacea might be caused by an overactive immune system, environmental factors or even genetics. Some theories suggest that it is caused by bacteria on the face but such ideas remain unproven – rosacea is not the result of bad hygiene. For people who have rosacea, flare-ups can be caused by a set of person-specific triggers. They can be prompted by spicy food, stress, certain medications or skincare products. Some triggers can be eliminated by lifestyle changes, such as cutting out alcoholic drinks, cheese or caffeine. Environmental factors such as extreme temperatures, sun or wind may have to be negotiated, for example by wearing suncream with a high factor or covering your face in cold weather. Symptoms And Types Of Rosacea Rosacea’s most well-known characteristic is a redness of the skin, caused by dilated blood vessels that bring about a persistent blush. However, there are actually four types of rosacea, although it is common to experience symptoms associated with the different kinds. Most common is ETR, shorthand for the mouthful which is erythematotelangiectatic rosacea. This type has the trademark flush and enlarged veins, which appear, grow and disappear in a cycle that steadily covers more and more of the face. Affected skin may also become excessively dry, tingly or swollen. With the addition of liquid-filled pustules, ETR becomes papulopustular rosacea, also known as acne rosacea. Although generally speaking more women experience rosacea, phymatous rosacea disproportionately afflicts males. It causes a thickening of the skin and can build up and distort facial features. This condition is rarer than other types of rosacea, but much more severe, sometimes causing rhinophyma, where the skin thickens and enlarges the nose, making it rough and bulbous. The fourth subtype is ocular rosacea and is also rarer than ETR and acne rosacea. As you might guess from the name, it affects the eye area, identifiable by visible blood vessels in the eye, redness, irritation, bumps and swelling in the area. Vision can be affected as the eye becomes extremely dry and sensitive. Find out more about the symptoms of rosacea here. Treating Rosacea At Pure Perfection Clinic None of these types of rosacea can be cured, but there are procedures that effectively manage symptoms for long periods of time. We are delighted to share some of the solutions we offer at Pure Perfection, which not only confront skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea, but also have wonderful anti-ageing benefits! Dermalux improves the skin’s tone, texture and resilience by use of red and blue LED light. Blue LED light is perfect for treating redness and acne with its antibacterial cleansing properties, whilst the red light stimulates the skin, softens lines and rejuvenates the face. This procedure is utterly painless, only takes half an hour and has results that can last up to half a year! We also offer Lumecca, a treatment developed by InMode that also harnesses the power of light. We use a handheld device that emits intense pulsed light to remove redness and spider veins and restore your confidence. The results of this brilliant treatment are visible for between 12 and 48 months whilst taking no longer than Dermalux! Finally, we boast of an extensive assortment of ZO® Skin Health products. ZO® Skin Health is a renowned, science-driven manufacturer of medical-grade skincare with a range specific to types of rosacea. We prescribe these following a consultation with you to ensure that your skin receives the very best care, at home and in our clinic. Once you have been prescribed ZO® products, you can repurchase them via our eshop. Contact Us To find out more about our treatments, visit our website. You can also click here to book an appointment or chat to one of our team by calling 01244 917259. We look forward to seeing you soon.