London skin expert explains new approaches to rosacea treatment

Sue Ibrahim, skin expert at Elan Medical Skin Clinic in central London and Essex

Sue Ibrahim, skin expert at Elan Medical Skin Clinic in central London and Essex

Sue Ibrahim from Elan Medical Skin Clinic in central London says new approaches to the treatment of rosacea will come as welcome news to sufferers.

Sue has more than 30 years’ experience in treating skin conditions and is a nurse consultant in dermatology. She said that maintaining the correct acid balance in the skin was vital in creating a hostile environment for the demodex mite. Demodex is a microscopic mite that is a normal inhabitant of our facial skin and is found in greater numbers on the faces of people with rosacea.

Using products that contain natural anti-inflammatory ingredients while also protecting the skin’s moisture barrier are also a must, as is the avoidance of skin care and make up that contain fragrances and preservatives.

In 2012, Sue launched her own range of skin care products that contain the highest possible ratio of clinically proven ingredients to achieve excellent results. The DermaActives range is fragrance free, preservative free, sodium laureth sulphate free, environmentally friendly and not tested on animals.

  • The DermaActive Cleanser maintains the skin’s natural pH balance and provides anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • The DermaCalm Cream contains anti-inflammatory ingredients, which help restore normal skin barrier function.

Rosacea is a common rash, usually occurring on the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose, and it predominantly affects people with fair-skin aged in their 40 to 60s. It is more common in women, but tends to be more severe in men.

Rosacea usually starts with a tendency to blush easily. After a while, the central areas of the face become a permanent deeper shade of red, with small dilated blood vessels studded with small red bumps and pus-filled spots (that sometimes may only be visible with a magnifying glass) that come and go in crops. There may also be uncomfortable inflammation of the surface of the eyes and eyelids.

There are a variety of trigger factors that may make rosacea worse. These include alcohol, exercise, high and low temperatures, hot drinks, spicy foods and stress. Rosacea can also be worsened by natural sunlight.

What can I do?

The British Association of Dermatologists suggests:

  • Protecting your skin from the sun by using a sun block (with a sun protection factor of at least 30) on your face every day.
  • Avoiding rubbing or scrubbing your face as this can make rosacea worse.
  • Not using perfumed soap as this can make rosacea worse.
  • Using an unperfumed moisturiser on a regular basis if your skin is dry or sensitive.
  • Considering the lifestyle factors that can worsen rosacea (see above).
  • Learning which lifestyle factors upset your rosacea and avoiding them; a written record of your flare-ups may help.
  • Cosmetics can often cover up rosacea effectively, and some rosacea patients may benefit from the use of skin camouflage. This may help hide excessive redness.

For more information or to book a dermatology consultation with Sue, please click here.