Rosacea (Redness)

Rosacea (Redness) is a common skin condition that usually affects the face. It is a long-term condition that usually starts off with episodes of flushing.

With rosacea, symptoms may fluctuate over time. Patients often have periods when their symptoms are particularly bad, followed by periods when the condition is less severe.

As rosacea progresses, you may develop symptoms such as permanent redness, burning and stinging sensations, spots, and small but visible blood vessels in the skin. In severe cases, you may experience thickened skin, which usually occurs on and around the nose.

Doctors at the IPSA clinic can offer a range of treatments to control rosacea symptoms, as outlined below.

Rosacea Treatments at IPSA

You will be seen by our doctor who has a special interest in skin. We can offer immediate appointments and our doctors will always take your symptoms seriously.

During your appointment, the doctor will discuss all available methods of treatment for you and will choose the most effective prescription regimen for your skin condition. We will also provide you with a skin care regimen to use at home.

Will I Need Medication?

Our doctors may offer a range of topical and oral treatments that are effective mainly for treating inflammatory types of rosacea such as papules and pustules.

For mild rosacea, we may recommend topical treatment agents such as metronidazole, azelaic acid and sodium sulfacetamide-sulfur.

As alternatives, we may recommend second-line therapies such as benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin, topical retinoids and calcineurin inhibitors.

If you have moderate-to-severe rosacea or your eyes are affected, our doctor may recommend combination therapy with oral and topical agents. This could include tetracyclines and erythromycin. For severe rosacea, we may recommend low-dose isotretinoin.

We will offer you the best advice regarding redness reduction and long-term management of rosacea symptoms to help you avoid any permanent skin changes.

After your consultation, we will review your case and follow it up carefully throughout your skin’s recovery period.

What Causes Rosacea?

Although rosacea is a common skin complaint, with an estimated one in 10 people having the condition, the exact cause is unknown.

It can occur in men or women at any age although it typically begins after the age of 30. It mostly occurs in people with fair skin.

There are several triggers that may make rosacea worse. Knowing what could be triggering your rosacea can be useful in controlling the symptoms.

Triggers include:

  • Stress
  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Cold weather, particularly wind
  • Heat
  • Hot drinks
  • Alcohol and caffeine
  • Certain foods, such as spicy foods
  • Some medications, for example, vasodilator drugs
  • Menopause
  • Exercise


Contact ISPA for an appointment with an experienced doctor. We offer same-day appointments and convenient time slots. Book online or call IPSA today.