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Rosacea Treatments in Cardiff

Healthcare Inspectorate WalesLiving with Rosacea and Acne

Rosacea occurs on the face and is characterised by redness, inflamed spots and a tendency to flush. It is more common in fair-skinned but may also occur in people with pigmented skin.

Rosacea tends to start in the 20’s and 30’s and usually lasts a long time, with periods when it is relatively clear and periods when it flares ups.


Treatment for rosacea aims to reduce and clear the spots from the face.

In some rosacea patients tiny thread veins in the facial skin (termed “telangiectasia”) can be cleared with laser or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Sunlight often worsens rosacea and a high factor sunscreen is often of benefit. There are various topical creams and gels that can be used for milder variants of rosacea, between flare-ups.

Acne – Don’t suffer in silence. Acne is a very common skin condition characterised by blackheads and whiteheads  (comedones)  and pus-filled spots (pustules). It usually starts at puberty and lasts a few years with intermittent flare-ups and periods of clearer skin. Acne varies in severity from a few spots on the face, neck, back and chest, to a more significant problem that may cause scarring. For the majority it tends to clear by the late teens or early twenties, but it can occasionally persist for longer. Acne can sometimes develop for the first time in people in their twenties or thirties. If you have acne but have had no success with over-the-counter products then it is probably time to visit a dermatologist. In general, most treatments take two to four months to produce their maximum effect. Acne treatments fall into the following categories:

  • Those that are applied directly to the skin (topical treatments)
  • Oral antibiotics (tablets taken by mouth)
  • Oral contraceptive pills – for females
  • Isotretinoin capsules – This is a powerful and effective treatment but can occasionally  cause a number of side effects and so can only be prescribed by a dermatologist.
  • Other treatments – phototherapy is a safe and effective treatment for acne, which is occasionally used.

If you suffer from either of the above skin conditions contact the Clear Skin Dermatology Treatment Clinic today on 029 2079 5775for a private appointment with our dermatologist – Professor Alex Anstey.