Causes, Symptoms and treatments

Rosacea, a chronic skin condition, often presents with persistent redness, bumps, visible blood vessels, and thickened skin, affecting individuals primarily in their 30s to 60s. While more prevalent among women, men experiencing rosacea may have more severe symptoms, resembling acne but with distinct differences. Dr Bravis offers advanced skin treatments and medical-grade skincare designed to reduce the appearance of Rosacea.

Symptoms and causes

Common symptoms of rosacea include:

  • Redness: Persistent flushing or redness, especially around the nose and cheeks.
  • Visible Blood Vessels: Thread veins that remain visible on the skin.
  • Bumps and Pustules: Red bumps or pus-filled spots resembling acne lesions.
  • Thickened Skin: Excess, bumpy tissue, particularly around the nose in severe cases.


Types of Rosacea

Rosacea manifests in various forms, including:

  • Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea: Characterised by persistent facial redness and visible blood vessels.
  • Papulopustular Rosacea: Involves the presence of bumps and pimples on the skin.
  • Phymatous Rosacea: Results in thickened and swollen skin, commonly affecting the nose.
  • Ocular Rosacea: Affects the eyes, causing irritation, redness, and potentially vision problems.

How we treat Rosacea in Thames Ditton

Effective management of rosacea involves identifying and avoiding triggers while utilising targeted treatments such as:

  • Celluma Pro LED Therapy: Reduces redness and inflammation associated with rosacea, calming sensitive skin and promoting healing.
  • Chemical Peels: Soothes irritation, reduces redness, and strengthens the skin barrier, minimising rosacea flare-ups.
  • Medical-grade skincare products: Gentle formulations soothe rosacea symptoms, strengthen the skin barrier, and improve overall skin health.
  • Profhilo: Profhilo injections hydrate the skin and stimulate collagen production, helping to minimise broken blood vessels and reduce redness and flushing in rosacea patients.
  • Micro-needling with Radio-frequency: Micro-needling with radio-frequency stimulates collagen production and promotes skin regeneration, resulting in reduced inflammation and flushing in rosacea patients.

When to seek treatment?

If struggling with Rosacea affects your confidence and self-esteem, schedule a consultation with Dr Bravis, our skin expert at Thames to explore personalised treatment options suited to your skin’s needs.
Founder and Principal Dentist, Dr Theodora Bravis, smiling in her clinic room at Thames Dental & Skin, in Thames Ditton, Surrey

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes rosacea?

While the exact cause is unknown, rosacea is thought to result from a combination of genetic, environmental, and biological factors. Triggers such as stress, temperature extremes, and certain foods can exacerbate symptoms.

Can rosacea be prevented?

While rosacea cannot be prevented entirely, proactive steps such as sun protection, trigger avoidance, and skincare can help minimise symptoms and flare-ups.

How can I manage rosacea at home?

Maintaining a gentle skincare routine, avoiding triggers, and using sun protection can help manage rosacea symptoms at home. Consultation with Dr Bravis for personalised treatment recommendations is also advisable.

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