a mature lady smiling after rosacea treatmentRosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that most commonly affects the face and can worsen as time goes on if left untreated. It’s exceptionally common, especially in fair-skinned people, and unfortunately it not completely understood. This also means that there is no cure, however there are ways to relieve symptoms here at the Private Skin Laser Clinic in North London. Let’s discover the causes of rosacea, what can inflame it, and which treatments we propose.


The causes of rosacea

The exact causes of rosacea are sadly unknown. It’s not a very well understood skin condition, but research is being conducted into it every day to learn of its root causes and how it may be cured. A number of potential factors have been linked to its flare-ups and presence in the skin, though.

  • Blood vessel abnormalities: Some experts believe abnormalities of the blood vessels in the face could be a major contributing factor to rosacea. This may explain the redness, flushing, and sometimes visible veins in the skin. Sun damage may be responsible for the dilation of the blood vessels, though.
  • Skin peptides: Activation of peptides in the skin affect the immune system or the connective nerves and blood vessels in the skin, causing the dilation of blood vessels, redness, and inflammation.
  • Bacteria in the gut: It has been speculated by experts that a certain bacterium found in the gut stimulates the production of bradykinin, a small chain of peptides known to cause blood vessels to dilate. This link hasn’t been scientifically proven, but further research is being conducted into it.
  • Microscopic skin mites: This may sound creepy but don’t worry, even healthy skin has microscopic mites living on it. These mites usually cause no problems, but those who experience rosacea have a much higher number of these mites than those who do not. It’s not clear whether the mites affect the rosacea, or whether the rosacea causes the overpopulation of them.


What inflames rosacea?

As with any complex skin condition, rosacea can be inflamed by many different factors both lifestyle and biological. Certain steps can be taken in your diet and lifestyle to help lessen the likelihood of rosacea flare-ups.

  • Foods and drinks to avoid: Hot food or drinks, caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol, excessive sugar consumption, and dairy products.
  • Temperature and environment: Extremes of temperature, sudden temperature changes, sunlight, humidity, or wind.
  • Emotions and body changes: Stress, anxiety, anger, embarrassment, hormonal changes like the menopause, and dehydration.
  • Lifestyle choices and habits: Vigorous exercise, hot baths and saunas, drinking alcohol, and smoking cigarettes.


Treating rosacea

Laser treatments for rosacea in London are some of the more reliable ways of treating this complex skin condition. We use IPL and light energy to treat the red flushes. The red veins absorb the light energy and begin to heat up, damages the veins and encouraging the body to absorb and recycle them. Secondly, the light energy warms the collagen fibres in the skin, stimulating its fresh production and collagen remodelling. This helps to strengthen the skin, supporting the blood vessels there and helping to lessen the development of further flushes, redness, and visible veins.


As a doctor-led private clinic in North London, our medical professionals are more than happy to meet with you and discuss your skin concerns. Book your initial consultation to find out how we could help you lessen the visible signs of rosacea today, enquire online or to get in touch on 020 7435 7521.