A serious condition that is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed, Rosacea has been called ‘the great pretender’ as the early symptoms can often be confused with acne, mild sensitivity and even sunburn. Now, however, the condition is becoming more common so it’s important to recognise both the signs of its development and what steps can be taken to help to control it. Rosacea mainly affects the face although it can appear on the scalp, neck, chest and back as well. Initial symptoms can include facial flushing, spots and persistent redness as tiny blood vessels in the skin become more visible. In severe cases, skin around the nose can become very thick and enlarged and the eyes watery and irritated. Twice as many women as men are affected by this condition but symptoms are generally more severe in males; individuals between the ages of 30-50, with fair skin, blue eyes and from Northern Europe tend to be most at risk.


Experts estimated that around 2-5% of people have symptoms of Rosacea. There are a number of signs to look out for when identifying rosacea; the earliest sign is often facial flushing as many people with Rosacea have a history of frequent blushing or flushing. This facial redness can be sporadic and may resemble a blush or sunburn that does not go away. Small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples are further evidence of the presence of this disorder and, while these may resemble acne, there are no blackheads and burning or stinging may occur. In many people with Rosacea, small blood vessels become visible on the skin while the eyes may be irritated and appear watery or bloodshot, a condition known as ocular Rosacea. The eyelids also may become red and swollen, and sties are common.

Severe cases can result in corneal damage and vision loss without medical help. For more severe cases, burning or stinging sensations can occur along with itching or a feeling of tightness. The central facial skin may be rough and appear to be very dry. Raised red patches, known as plaques, may develop without changes in the surrounding skin. The skin may thicken and enlarge from excess tissue, most commonly on the nose. This condition, known as Rhinophyma, affects more men than women. Facial swelling, known as oedema, may accompany other signs of Rosacea or occur independently.



A survey of 1,066 Rosacea patients found that the most common factors included the following:

Sun exposure 81%

Emotional stress 79%

Hot weather 75%

Wind 57%

Heavy exercise 56%

Alcohol consumption 52%

Hot baths 51%

Spicy foods 45%

Humidity 44%

Indoor heat 41%

Certain skin-care products 41%

Heated beverages 36%

Certain cosmetics 27%

Medications 15%

Medical conditions 15%

Certain fruits 13%

Marinated meats 10%

Certain vegetables 9%

Dairy products 8%

Other factors 24%

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Exact causes of rosacea are unknown although blame is attributed to both environmental and hereditary factors. One theory suggests that it’s due to a tiny mite called Demodex Folliculorum; this mite lives in hair follicles and it is believed that they can clog up the oil gland resulting in the inflammation seen in rosacea.


Another theory is that the condition is due to bacteria called Helicobacter Pylori that is found in the gut; this bacterium is known to stimulate the production of the bradykinin protein, which can cause blood vessels to expand and lead to rosacea.


If left untreated, Rosacea symptoms often get worse and become more difficult to treat. Unfortunately there is no cure for this condition but there are a wide range of products and treatments available that can help to control the symptoms. Pevonia’s RS2 Line is uniquely formulated to address the signs and symptoms of this skin disorder, offering a professional and effective way to control and reduce outbreaks. A patient undergoing regular professional treatments, such as Pevonia’s Rosacea Facial, along with suitable home care products will see a significant improvement in their skin control.


As well as a good home care routine a lifestyle change is normally necessary when dealing with Rosacea as most sufferers will have a ‘trigger’ that exacerbates the condition.


It’s imperative to consult a doctor for an accurate diagnosis if you think you or someone you know might have Rosacea. Once skin has been medically diagnosed, regular visits to a Pevonia spa/salon that carries specialist treatments or products for Rosacea will be highly beneficial for reducing major symptoms.


Avoid products containing poor ingredients which could actually make things worse; ingredients such as alcohol, mineral oil, lanolin, artificial perfume, artificial fragrance and isopropyl myristate are just a few that can seriously exacerbate symptoms. Powerful natural ingredients known to help Rosacea include Green Tea which is healing and antibacterial, Chamomile which has a calming and distressing effect on the skin and French Rose essential oil, which calms redness and reduces stress with its light, natural fragrance.


Rosacea suffers should take comfort in knowing that they are not alone. There are millions of people both in the UK and across the world that are also living with the condition and every day further advances are being made in the development of effective solutions to counteract, control and reduce the visible signs and underlying causes of this issue.



This treatment is proven capable of delivering the exceptional results desired by those suffering from severe sensitivity, broken capillaries, Rosacea and Acne Rosacea. This alleviating thermal clay mask provides soothing relief and visible results to dilated capillaries, congestion, blotchiness, and irritability. Comforting and healing ingredients such as: Rose, Green Tea, Chamomile and Liquorice, combine to properly decongest and calm your skin for an even, healthy appearance. Ideal for Vascular skin conditions.


By Katie Rudland,IMG_1044

Head Therapist,

Bespoke Beauty Rooms,

17 Fore St,



01473 211996