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Rosacea, redness and flushing

Rosacea is a mysterious skin condition that primarily affects the face, particularly the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. 

It’s believed to be caused by a combination of genetic, environmental, and inflammatory factors.

Persistent redness, often described as a "flushing" or "blushing" appearance, is a hallmark of rosacea. This redness is due to the dilation of blood vessels close to the skin's surface.

Some people with rosacea experience episodes of sudden and intense facial flushing, triggered by sports, sun exposure or even embarrassment. These episodes can lead to increased redness and discomfort over time.

Over time, small, visible blood vessels (telangiectasia) may appear on the surface of the skin, particularly on the cheeks and nose.

Inflammatory papules (small, solid red bumps) and pustules (pus-filled bumps) can develop, resembling acne. This is a subtype of rosacea known as papulopustular rosacea.

In some cases, the skin may thicken and develop a bumpy texture, particularly around the nose, a condition referred to as rhinophyma.

Gentle cleansing: Use a mild, non-abrasive cleanser to clean the face gently, avoiding harsh scrubbing or exfoliation that can aggravate rosacea-prone skin.

Sun protection: Sunscreen designed for sensitive skin with broad-spectrum protection is essential. Opt for one with SPF 30 or higher and zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the active ingredients.

Fragrance-free products: Choose skincare products and cosmetics that are free from fragrances, alcohol, and other potential irritants.

Moisturise: A lightweight, hydrating moisturiser can help maintain the skin's moisture barrier and reduce dryness and sensitivity.

Patch testing: Before trying new skincare products, perform a patch test to ensure they don't trigger a reaction.

Cool water: Avoid hot water when cleansing and opt for lukewarm or cool water instead to reduce skin irritation.

Minimalist approach: Simplify your skincare routine by using fewer products to minimise the risk of irritation.

Consultation: Regularly consult with a professional to monitor your skin's condition and adjust your skincare routine and treatments as needed.

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