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Rosacea: Causes & Treatments

By December 4, 2023December 14th, 2023No Comments

Rosacea is a common skin disease that can often to be triggered in the winter from cold blasts of air to the heat from radiators indoors. But what is Rosacea, what causes it to flare up and what can you do to treat it?

What are the types & symptoms of rosacea?

There are 4 different types of rosacea that can present with a range of symptoms. These are:

ETR rosacea

ETR rosacea or erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is the most common kind of rosacea. It is typically the first stage of rosacea and appears before other kinds of rosacea develop. The symptoms range from flushing/blushing in the face, redness and visible blood vessels.

Acne rosacea

Acne rosacea or papulopustular rosacea appears like acne breakouts and causes very red skin. This may be more apparent on areas like the cheeks, chin and forehead. This kind of rosacea can often be mistaken for acne and even appear on the chest and neck.

Phymatous rosacea

This kind of rosacea thickens the top layer of the skin and can lead to scarring. It can appear bumpy and swollen, especially in areas like the nose. This is is also known as rhinophyma.

Occular rosacea

Rosacea can affect the eyes too. This type of rosacea causes the eye to be watery, bloodshot and feel irritated. Many people describe the feeling of sand in their eyes and experience burning or stinging eyes. For some, their sight worsens too.

What triggers rosacea?

There are many triggers that can cause your rosacea to flare up and present symptoms. Here is a list of some of the most common factors according to the National Rosacea Society:

  • Sun exposure
  • Emotional stress
  • Cold weather
  • Spicy food
  • Indoor heat
  • Certain skincare products
  • Alcohol

How to treat rosacea?

There is currently no cure for rosacea but there are steps you can take to control your flare ups and symptoms and most importantly, ease any discomfort you may be experiencing.

Make a list of your triggers & avoid

By making a note of everything you’ve ate, drank, products you have used or the weather on a day where you feel you are having a particularly bad rosacea flare up, you can decipher what factors are triggering your rosacea.


There is a range of creams and gels available over the counter or through a prescription that can minimise or reduce symptoms such as redness. If you are suffering from acne rosacea, there are also creams and gels available to control these breakouts.


Sunlight and exposure can be a trigger for many people with rosacea so keeping the skin protected and out of direct sunlight can limit flare ups. It’s vital to apply SPF everyday in general, but with rosacea, it can protect the skin barrier from any further inflammation.


Skin boosters for rosacea

Skin boosters are a great option for those with rosacea as it aids in repairing the skin barrier. This is particularly ideal for those who suffer from acne rosacea as it can mend tissues and reduce the appearance of any scarring.

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