Life's rosier without redness
14 Dec 2011
Rosy red cheeks were once said to be a sign of healthy skin, but for some it can be a frustrating and embarrassing condition, especially if combined with red spidery-looking facial thread veins beneath the skin. Reddening skin can take different forms and symptoms can include:
- Frequent flushing of the face, similar to blushing. This is often the first symptom and may be the only symptom for months or years before anything else develops.
- Redness (erythema) of parts of the face. This can look similar to sunburn across the forehead, cheeks, chin and nose
- Small lumpy red spots (papules) and small cysts (pustules) on the face. The spots and cysts look similar to acne. These may 'come and go' in some cases, but can remain long-term unless treated.
- Telangiectasia on the face. These are the tiny broken blood vessels that form under the skin which you can see quite prominently like little spider legs
- Eye symptoms(also called ocular rosacea) occur in about half of cases, but are often mild. They can include: A feeling of something in the eye / Burning, stinging or itchy eyes / Dryness / Sensitivity to light / Eyelid problems such as cysts, styes or eyelid inflammation (blepharitis)
- Thickening of the skin occurs in some cases. The most well known example of this is called a rhinophyma (a bulbous, bumpy nose). However, this is uncommon.
However, both rosacea and thread veins are manageable and treatable conditions and skin can return to a more even toned complexion with some simple treatments as sk:n’s National Nurse Manager, Ruth Breeden, explains:
“There are a number of approaches that can be used in combination to treat reddening skin conditions. Antibiotics, creams and lotions are the first port of call.Certain lotions can help calm the skin, strengthening skin capillaries and hydrating sensitive skin will; reduce redness. Sunscreen can also be helpful, as it protects the skin from the irritation caused by ultraviolet light – vessels work overtime to nourish the skin under intense sun exposure. Also a mild glycolic acid facial wash can help to remove the dead skin cells and using antioxidants to help fight oxidative stress caused by the environment will help calm redness. There’s also the option for laser therapy to treat the red veins that go along with rosacea. However, if you have a tan, then you will need to allow this to fade before lasering, as the procedure will not be effective otherwise.
“Lasers are used to target and break down the unwanted red veins through a process called selective photothermolysis. A laser is a beam of light that travels into the skin and is absorbed by the unwanted broken veins , the light energy damages the dilated (widened) red veins and causes them to shrink so they are no longer as visible. The surrounding skin is not affected, the only the vessel. The laser is administered in short bursts to avoid harming the skin and once the procedure has been completed you can return to your daily routine without disruption and results can start to be seen after just one treatment, however a course may be needed”
sk:n Anti-Redness Face cream 30ml, £25
- Relieves irritation and inflammation of the skin
- Reduces and diffuses redness on the face
- Magnolia bark - contains two anti-inflammatory substances
- Vitamin E - anti-oxidant that helps protect the skin from free radicals
- Apply twice a day to the affected area after cleansing.
sk:n specialists carry out in depth consultations with each client to work out the best possible course of treatment and have 40 clinics all across the UK. sk:n is recognised by the Independent Health Advisory Service’s (IHAS) Treatments you can Trust register.