Acne & Rosacea

Rosacea

Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that mainly affects the face and is more common in women. The signs of rosacea can include:

  • redness (blushing) across your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin that comes and goes
  • a burning or stinging feeling when using water or skincare products
  • dry skin and swelling, especially around the eyes
  • thickened skin, mainly on the nose (usually appears after many years)

It's not known exactly what causes rosacea, but some triggers can make symptoms worse. Common triggers for rosacea include:

  • alcohol
  • spicy foods
  • cheese
  • caffeine and hot drinks
  • exercise

Rosacea cannot be cured but IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment may be recommended by your GP or dermatologist. There are a few ways in which you can try to avoid triggering a rosacea flare including:

  • Wear sunscreen (Factor 30 at least) every day. 
  • Avoid hot and humid conditions, such as sauna.
  • Use moisturiser and try to cover your face in very cold weather. 
  • Use gentle products on your face, speak to your Helen Taylor therapist for advice on the best types for your skin. 
  • Keep your eye area clean and dry.
  • Manage stress, perhaps with yoga, mindfulness or wellness treatments. 

Acne

Acne is a common skin condition that affects many people throughout their lives. Acne causes spots, oily skin and sometimes skin that is hot, uncomfortable or painful to touch.  Acne is most commonly linked to the changes in hormone levels during puberty, triggered by increased levels of testosterone, but can start at any age.

Acne most commonly develops on the:

  • face – this affects almost all with acne
  • back – this affects more than half of people with acne
  • chest – this affects a small percentage of people with acne

Certain hormones cause the grease-producing glands next to hair follicles in the skin to produce larger amounts of oil, which is also known as abnormal sebum. This abnormal sebum affects skin bacteria called P acnes, which becomes more aggressive and causes inflammation of the skin and pus. The hormones also thicken the inner lining of the hair follicle which blocks the pores. Cleansing the skin does not help to clear the blockages of the pores.

Acne is commonly a hereditary skin concern in families, if both of your parents had acne then it is likely that you will also have acne. Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during and after pregnancy, can also lead to episodes of acne in women.

There's no evidence that diet or poor hygiene play a role in the development of acne. Acne cannot be cured but the symptoms and appearance of acne can be improved with effective treatments, such a chemical peels, at our aesthetics clinic in Rugby.