Rosacea is a common skin condition that affects a large number of women between the ages of 30-60 years. It is often misdiagnosed as acne or dermatitis, and unfortunately by the time many women come to see us, it as been treated inappropriately with steroids and thick facial creams.
The severe redness, flushing and pustules are a cause of great distress and embarrassment of many patients. Fortunately we have a number of treatments we can use to help, and with the correct treatment plan, we can successful help women (and men) manage this chronic condition.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic red facial rash that most often affects the centre of the face (cheeks, nose, sometimes chin). It is most common is those with fair skin and blue eyes, between the ages of 30- 60.
How is Rosacea diagnosed?
It is a clinical diagnosis, made my a doctor who is experienced in diagnosing skin conditions.
How do I know if I have Rosacea?
Some of the common features are:
- frequent flushing
- red face with prominent blood vessels (telangectasia)
- red pustules on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin
- the skin is very sensitive to creams
- large pores
- red swollen skin on the nose and cheeks
What causes Rosacea?
There are a number of contributing factors, including UV exposure, genetics, environmental factors and flushing. A large number of patients with Rosacea are observed to have hair follicle mites and treating these sometimes greatly improves the condition.
How is Rosacea treated?
At Central Wagga Medical and Skin Clinic, we use a number of treatments together - tailoring a plan that will help manage the condition best for each patient. Some of the treatments we will often recommend include:
- advice on skin care regimes, in particular, avoiding use of oil or thick emollient creams and cleansers.
- Healite LED therapy - this can reduced activity of bacteria and hair follicle mites and reduce inflammation
- Prescription facial creams that reduced the mite and bacterial numbers
- Vascular laser to reduce the redness by directly treating the enlarged blood vessels and generalised redness
- oral antibiotics that reduced inflammation, mites and bacteria, and help regulate sebum (skin oil) production.
How much do rosacea treatments cost?
As a medical practice, medicare rebates can be used to claim back some of the costs of treatment. This includes any consultations with our doctors and laser treatments for which there is a medicare rebate. Please see our Pricing Page for more information on the costs of consultations and laser therapy. Laser therapy starts from $220 with a $145 medicare rebate.
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