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Rosacea Treatments Include:

treatment for rosacea in Canterbury & Kent

Rosacea is a common chronic condition that usually affects the face and worsens if left untreated. One in ten of us suffer from the symptoms of rosacea, particularly in women between 30 and 60 years of age. The first signs of rosacea are redness coming and going across the face, particularly in the nose, forehead, chin and cheeks. You may also notice stinging when using water or skincare products. As the condition develops, rosacea symptoms can be variable, including redness, swelling of the skin, flushing, skin sensitivity, dry itchy skin and spots.

There are many triggers which have been identified as making rosacea symptoms worse. These include alcohol, spicy food, caffeine, hot drinks and certain aerobic exercise such as running. These triggers can be identified and avoided where possible. Using gentle skin care products, avoiding direct sunlight, wearing high SPF sunscreen and avoiding humid conditions can also help ease rosacea symptoms.


This is not fully understood, but environmental factors, genetics and immune system factors may all be involved. Stress, weather, certain foods and alcohol can aggravate rosacea. For reasons unknown, certain foods including chocolates, bananas, avocado, spinach and pork can be pro-inflammatory. Rosacea can be sun sensitive, but it is not contagious and is not caused by poor hygine.

Rosacea can look like a number of other skin conditions including acne, dermatitis (eczema), lupus and keratosis pilaris.


Symptoms can be variable but often include redness, episodes of flushing, skin sensitivity, dry itchy skin, burning and stinging sensations and spots. It can also affect the eyes and the nose. As rosacea is a relapsing condition there are times when the symptoms are more severe than others.

Common associated symptoms include:

  • Facial swelling
  • Rough skin
  • Plaques (raised red patches) on your skin
  • Permanent redness
  • Irritated or swollen eyes
  • Enlarged nose


Rosacea is often triggered, so identifying the cause can help you to manage your symptoms. It is also advised to wear a high SPF sunscreen, avoid the heat and sunlight where possible, cover your face during cold weather, use gentle skin care products and try to manage your stress levels.

Rosacea cannot be cured but treatments can be used to control the symptoms. These can include:

Laser treatment for rosacea. Visible blood vessels can be treated by lasers for an effective long-term solution for redness. About 85% of patients who have laser treatments for rosacea are very happy with the results achieved. If having any type of laser treatment, it is important you go to a medically trained laser specialist. These treatments target the broken veins, redness and flushing.

Oral medication – Antibiotics and oral medication can be prescribed to treat rosacea, particularly acne rosacea. It is very effective in controlling red spots, papules and pustules which are common rosacea symptoms.

Chemical PeelsSkin peels can treat rosacea by exfoliating the top layers of skin, speeding up skin turnover and preventing pores from becoming clogged with dead skin cells, which can aggravate rosacea. They can also help to reduce inflammation and promote skin healing.

If you have any concerns about the diagnosis or management of your skin condition, a dermatologist will offer you an expert opinion and guide you on the right treatment path.


Management includes using products for sensitive skin; topical and / or oral products on prescription; and medical grade laser treatments to target the broken veins, redness and flushing.

You should also:

  • Apply sun protection – use a product suitable for sensitive skin e.g. Skinceuticals mineral defense SPF 50 or Heliocare range.
  • Avoid triggers – these are so variable, but rosacea sufferers know what exacerbates their symptoms.

Anyone can develop rosacea, but you are more likely to suffer if:

  • You are female
  • You have light skin
  • You have sun damaged skin
  • You are over the age of 30
  • You smoke
  • There is a family history of rosacea
  • Hot drinks
  • Spicy foods
  • Cheese
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Exercise
  • Stress
  • Extreme temperatures

The number of treatments needed, will depend on the site and the extent of the affected area. Small veins on the face normally disperse just after 1-2 laser treatments at 6-week intervals. IPL may take 4 sessions at 2-week intervals.

Depending on the type of light treatment used, some mild stinging or burning may be noticed during the procedure, and the area treated may feel hot for roughly 15 minutes after treatment. However, during treatment the skin is cooled, which reduces this stinging sensation and a cooling gel is applied afterwards.

  • Hot drinks
  • Spicy foods
  • Cheese
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Exercise
  • Stress
  • Extreme temperatures


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Here at Kent’s leading private skin and laser clinic, our experts are specialists in all aspects of dermatology, skin cancer, anti-ageing and beauty treatments. We are one of the few skin clinics in the UK where all medical consultations and treatments are provided by specialist doctors with Dermatology experience and laser training.

Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, ensuring the best level of treatment is provided to you in a safe environment. Our Clinical Lead Dr Mark Hudson-Peacock is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, the British Laser Medical Association, the British Hair and Nail Society, the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and is certified by the Consulting Room. We have won many awards including the WhatClinic Patient Service Award in 2019 and the ghp Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Awards 2019.


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