Rosacea is a common skin condition experienced primarily by women, which can have a significant impact on sufferers’ day to day lives. People with rosacea may experience facial redness, small visible blood vessels or pimple-like bumps on the face, bumpy noses and watery, irritated eyes. The condition, while not life-threatening but can be very debilitating due to its impact on confidence and self-esteem.
It’s just plain ugly.
Plus knowing you could unexpectedly flush or blush even when you are not feeling particularly nervous, only causes more embarrassment and can trigger social anxiety.
Sadly, no one understands exactly what causes rosacea and there is no known cure but the signs and symptoms of rosacea can be controlled with a combination of medical treatments or Intense Pulse Light (IPL) laser treatment, along with lifestyle changes.
Unfortunately, until now, patients are unaware that treatments like IPL are available or were unable to access them.
Lucie C is in her late 30’s and has suffered from rosacea for most of her life, a condition which has had a significant impact on her life.
“My mother has rosacea, and I have had it practically all my life. My cheeks nose and forehead were red with bumps and pimples and even visible blood vessels. Over the last few years I’ve tried all kinds of treatments, some incredibly expensive, but unfortunately, none have made a difference. I have ended up using huge amounts of makeup to cover it up.”
This is a typical story I hear often in general practice. I am frustrated with the current disjointed, expensive and confusing healthcare system and lack of any good information about rosacea treatments outside of prescription creams or antibiotics.
There are different types of rosacea but for those suffering from persistent redness and flushing, there is a proven treatment called Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) which uses controlled light in specific wavelengths to gradually and naturally alleviate the inflammation, redness, pimples and uneven skin tones caused by the condition.
“I know this isn’t a cure, but I have only had two treatments on my face and neck so far and it has already made a difference – the redness is visibly lighter,” Lucie.
Taylor Clinic is a specialist medical centre located in Bella Vista, Sydney. At our clinic our doctors, surgeons and nurses specialise in skin health care, and we support a team approach to chronic skin conditions.
The information in these articles by Taylor Clinic should not replace medical advice, nor is it intended to replace consultation with a qualified physician. We aim not to evaluate, endorse or recommend any particular product or equipment in these articles, however, as doctors of the collective.care practice we obviously use products which we have chosen to use for the best interest of patients.
Rosacea, as a spectrum of disease, may vary a lot from patient to patient and therefore we believe treatment plans need to be tailored to each individual patient.