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May 10, 2022

Talking All Things Rosacea with Dermatologist, Dr Daniel Glass

It’s that time of year again! (Um, is anybody else wondering how we’re in April already?). Rosacea Awareness Month is pretty well-timed if you ask us, as you’ve probably noticed it flares up to say hi around Spring which isn’t just a coincidence. Heat is one of the main triggers of rosacea as it increases your body temperature, dilating your blood vessels and worsening redness.

In honour of Rosacea Awareness Month, we spoke to Dr Daniel Glass, a leading London dermatologist from The Dermatology Clinic London to give us more of an insight into the skin condition, so you can finally go from strangers to friends with rosacea. Dr Glass has over 20 years of experience with skin concerns such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, and of course, rosacea.

What Else Can Trigger Rosacea?

Alongside heat, Dr Glass explains that spicy food and alcohol can also enhance the symptoms of rosacea. Both spicy foods and alcohol cause vasodilation, an increase in blood flow and widening of blood vessels. This can be seen from the surface of the skin and gives rosacea its dark red appearance.

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What Are the Root Causes of Rosacea?

According to Dr Glass, “the cause of rosacea is not fully known and there are a number of proposed causes including, genetic background (approximately a quarter of people with rosacea have a relative with rosacea). Other proposed causes are environmental, vascular and inflammatory factors.”

As there is no single cause of rosacea, he suggests it may be related to the fact that rosacea is probably several related conditions classified under one diagnosis.

What Are the 4 Main Types of Rosacea?

If you have rosacea, chances are you’ll most likely have one of the 4 main types of rosacea which include:

1. Facial Vascular Changes - Probably the most common subtype. It presents with increased facial redness, dilated blood vessels on the face, and flushing easily provoked by hot liquids, spicy food, and alcohol. It’s much more common in those of middle age with fair skin.

2. Inflammatory Lesions - Appears as both red and pus-filled spots on the face. An increased population of Demodex mites on the skin which may be carrying bacteria has also been a suggested cause of rosacea.

3. Hypertrophic Changes - Most commonly seen with an increase in size or swelling of the nose, this is much less common and probably represents less than 1% of all rosacea sufferers.

4. Ocular Rosacea - This type of rosacea is super uncomfortable as it involves irritation of the eyes with mild itching, gritty feeling, watering of the eyes, etc.

When To See a Dermatologist about Rosacea?

Dr Glass highly recommends that you see a dermatologist if “you have any of the symptoms mentioned above and are not able to manage them”.

What Foods Should You Eat/Diet Considerations?

Just like most other skin conditions, rosacea can also be affected by your diet. There have been studies that prove certain strains of probiotics may help to ease the symptoms of rosacea. The National Rosacea Society reported that the majority experienced an improvement in their symptoms after changing their diet.

Probiotics are a combo of live bacteria and yeast that benefit gut health. They balance out bad bacteria to maintain a healthy balance between the two, reducing inflammation in the body and as a result, rosacea. Foods rich in probiotics include yogurt, sourdough bread, fermented veggies, and tempeh, which we recommend you add to your food shop asap.

On the flip side, there are foods you want to avoid if you can. “There are certain dietary factors that may exacerbate the rosacea including alcohol, drinking hot liquids, and spicy food,” he says.

Rosacea Treatments at Young LDN

IMAGE Skincare Signature Face Lift - £149

For mild to moderate rosacea symptoms, this facial treatment by IMAGE Skincare features high concentrations of vitamin C, fruit enzymes, and aloe vera to soothe and calm redness. It’s one of our favourite rosacea treatments as it’ll naturally lift and plump out your skin with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar already found in the skin that won’t irritate sensitive skin types.

Bespoke Rosacea Treatment - £155

Whether you’re experiencing a flare-up or looking for a long-term solution to reduce rosacea symptoms, our Bespoke Rosacea Treatment can do both. It begins with a gentle exfoliation with skin-loving enzymes while cocoa tops up the skin’s antioxidant levels. Next up is a generous infusion of calming peptides, stem cells, and botanical extracts that’ll give your skin a burst of freshness.

IPL - £150

IPL Treatment Young LDN

IPL works by aiming bursts of light of different wavelengths at the skin to tighten dilated blood vessels, reducing the appearance of redness. This rosacea treatment reaches deep beneath the surface but remains completely non-invasive to avoid irritation and can be used on all types of rosacea.

To go from red to ravishing, contact Young LDN to book an appointment today.

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