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Rosacea: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a common skin condition characterised by facial redness and can be associated with spots usually affecting the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. Some individuals can go on to develop more inflammatory complications causing swelling of some parts of the face due to overgrowth of the glands and fibrous tissue.

How common is Rosacea?

Rosacea affects around 1 in 10 adults, which equates to around 5 million people suffering from rosacea in the UK alone.

What causes Rosacea?

Research shows that the primary cause of rosacea is blood vessel instability. Triggers for the facial flushing can vary between individuals but can include sun exposure, alcohol and spicy foods. These create nerve impulses to the facial area which release peptides which in turn attach to receptor sites on skin cells, causing a flush and also stinging or burning sensation.

Dr. Margarita Kitova

Additionally, recent studies have reported an association between Rosacea and gastrointestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and Helicobacter pylori infection.

Dr. Margarita Kitova from Latern Clinic, suggests that in order to treat rosacea from all angles, it is important to consider the underlying cause which can be related to an imbalance of the microbiome in the gut.

The gastrointestinal tract plays the critical role of an internal semi-permeable barrier. The balance of the ecosystem is dynamic but volatile and modern living and diet aren’t usually beneficial. We are coming to understand that the skin, being the other extensive barrier of the human body, plays similar role and is also populated with trillion of microorganisms.

These two barriers are intricate and interconnected via the immune system and circulation.

With this emerging evidence, it is important to understand how improving your gut health may help improve your skin health. In fact poor gastrointestinal health is associated with a multitude of chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, auto-immune conditions.

Therefore, it is important to consider holistic and lifestyle interventions, diet changes and herbal remedies for rosacea. These can help to balance the microbiome in the gut, thus helping reduce inflammation and improve overall skin health.A comprehensive combination of treatments can be helpful to reduce the embarrassing appearance of rosacea and prevent future flare-ups.

Treatments may include topical creams, oral antibiotics, laser therapy, chemical peels, light therapy, and lifestyle changes. Medical professionals, like Dr Elsmore and Dr Kitova can identify triggers and underlying causes of rosacea, allowing them to customize treatment plans to best address the individual's needs.

In Lantern clinic, Dr Margarita focused on discovering the root cause of rosacea, especially for chronic or difficult cases. She can provide a personalised treatment plan, based on diet, lifestyle interventions, and natural botanical remedies that supports the body’s innate healing ability.

If you find this intriguing, why don’t you start by taking Dr. Kitova's free gut quiz on

If you would like to know more, book your free consultation with Dr. Margarita

At The Courtyard Aesthetic Clinic, we are an Acne and Rosacea Association UK Accredited Treatment Centre (ARA UK). This allows us to provide sufferers with correct and accurate information, help and support in achieving the best results in their treatment. We understand the importance of not only diagnosing this condition but recognising the rarer cases of rosacea. By guiding you through your journey on learning how to manage your rosacea and what you need to avoid, we can help you to get your condition under control. Dr Hayley has over 20 years experience in treating this condition in both general practice and in aesthetics. What information should I bring to the consultation? Please bring all your medicines with you to your consultation or at least a photograph of the packaging. It would also be useful if you bring your skin products too as many patients with rosacea have very sensitive skin, and will often not tolerate a vast array of topical agents. Some treatments may not be possible if you are on certain medication but Dr Hayley will advise on the best course of action and can write to your GP if necessary.

Dr Hayley will perform a detailed history and examination and take photographs of your skin. She will then discuss different treatment options available to you as an individual.

Courtyard Solutions?

Here are just some of the solutions available, these can all be tailored to a bespoke treatment just for you. ZO Skin Health Normalising System It is essential to have the foundations of good skin health when treating Rosacea. The ZO® Skin Normalizing System is a complete selection of products for red, sensitized skin. This system features Rozatrol®, which works by attacking the irritating and uncomfortable symptoms of rosacea from all angles. Not only does it help prevent excess oil production and reduce inflammation, but it also works on a deeper level to boost cell turnover, replenish hydration and support microcirculation. Containing skin-soothing ingredients such as lactose and milk protein; glycerin for hydration, and papain, a gentle enzymatic exfoliator, Rozatrol provides instant relief upon contact with the skin, as well as all manner of cumulative benefits for healthier skin Hydrafacial with Rozatrol Skin Booster Our award-winning HydraFacial™ uses patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate. HydraFacial™ super serums are made with nourishing ingredients that create an instantly gratifying glow. Powered by ZO® Skin Health, HydraFacial Rozatrol® Booster Serum is specifically designed to help soothe skin through hydration, minimizing the appearance of red, sensitized skin for a renewed complexion and is a gentle way to tackle mild rosacea symptoms. Lumecca IPL We are proud to be using the globally renowned Inmode Lumecca pulsed light treatment. The powerful light waves are absorbed by haemoglobin and causes small vessels to be destroyed via photo-thermolysis hence reducing blow flow to the skin and minimising superficial redness. This can have a dramatic cosmetic result in 1-3 sessions. Chemical Peels ZO chemical peels are an increasingly popular aesthetic treatment and can achieve fantastic results in reducing rosacea symptoms. Dr Hayley or Nurse Heather will discuss which depth and strength of peel is most suitable for you.

Rosacea can be an embarrassing condition causing low self-esteem. At the Courtyard Clinic we can create a bespoke treatment plan to help manage this condition, reducing breakouts and boost self-confidence. All consultations are complimentary. Please contact the clinic using any of the options below and take the first step in getting your rosacea under control.

If you require any more information about any of the treatments discussed, book your FREE consultation online through our website with Dr. Hayley to discuss further

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