Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects over three million Canadians. Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory disorder of the hair follicles and blood vessels characterised by redness, flushing, burning, discomfort, inflamed papules, and pustules. It occurs more frequently in women but more severely in men and tends to occur most often between the ages of 30 to 50 years.
Rosacea has a number of differing triggers or stimulants which include spicy food, cold or hot weather, stress, alcohol particularly red wine. It sets up a cascade inflammatory reaction which results in the over-production of pro-inflammatory mediators and vasodilation of the skin leaving it red, flushed, irritated, and sore.
Rosacea can seriously impact on self esteem and can even lead to depression with emotional, social, and professional consequences.
"Multiple treatment options are available"
Rosacea does not resolve on its own, and untreated rosacea can worsen over time.
There are a variety of medical treatments for rosacea.
- IPL phototherapy– essential maintenance procedure that diminishes background redness
- Medical treatments – both topical and systemic for inflamed Rosacea
- Advanced skin care – Must include sun protection