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Rosacea is a skin condition that affects the face, in particular your nose and cheeks.

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It can cause the skin on your face to become red and irritated, which is very difficult to hide.

While there’s a lot that still isn’t understood about rosacea, or why it occurs, there are treatments available. Our doctors will be able to assess your problem, discuss your symptoms and prescribe medication quickly and easily.

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A woman suffering from rosacea
Spots and redness are some of the symptoms of rosacea

Rosacea Symptoms

The following symptoms could indicate that you have rosacea:

  • Facial redness or flushing - this can be temporary or permanent
  • Spots - these are often small blood vessels near the skin’s surface
  • Dry, hard or rough skin
  • Skin irritation or a burning sensation

However, these symptoms could also be occurring because of a different skin condition, so it’s important you speak to a doctor and get a firm diagnosis.

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What Causes Rosacea?

No one knows exactly what causes rosacea, but several theories have been suggested, including:

  • A problem with the blood vessels
  • A skin reaction to dust mites or bacteria
  • Side effects caused by certain medications or skin care products

While the underlying medical cause still hasn’t been found, we do know of a number of triggers that can affect your skin:

  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Hot and cold temperatures
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Sunshine
  • Humidity
  • Spicy food
  • Dairy products
Coffee is just one potential trigger for rosacea
Rosacea can affect the nose if left untreated

Rosacea Treatment

If you know what causes your rosacea to flare up, the simplest thing to do is avoid these triggers as much as possible. However, this can be tricky - for example, factors such as stress and sunlight are not always within your control, while avoiding exercise wouldn’t be good for you.

Because we don’t know exactly what causes rosacea, it can’t be cured. However, it can be controlled with various types of medication, including creams, gels and tablets. In very serious cases, laser surgery may be considered.

Our doctors can write you a prescription for the medication you need. This will be sent to you by email or first class post and you’ll be able to collect your medication from a pharmacy of your choice.

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