Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder that typically occurs in fair-skinned people of northern and eastern European origin. It usually starts between the ages of 30 and 50 and while rosacea is more common in women it can present more severely in men.
Early rosacea starts with generalised facial redness and flushing. As it progresses, affected individuals will develop telangiectasia (otherwise known as broken capillaries) on the nose, cheeks, frown area and chin. In severe cases acne-like pustules can occur.
The exact of rosacea is not known and while rosacea is treatable is it not curable.
Common rosacea triggers include such as sun exposure, stress, hot weather, hot drinks, alcohol, and spicy foods. Individuals with rosacea should avoid these triggers.
Topical antibiotics and medications may assist to control rosacea however these will only minimally improve the appearance of broken capillaries.
Pulsed-dye laser treatments with a laser such as the Candela Vbeam Perfecta® remains the gold standard for treatment of redness, telangiectasia, and transient flushing.
On average three treatments are required at six-week intervals to achieve optimal results with maintenance treatments as required.