Rosacea 101: What It Is and How To Treat It

One in 10 people in Ireland are affected by Rosacea, a chronic condition which usually occurs on the face and predominantly affects fair-skinned people (hence the aforementioned statistic) and those between the ages of 30 and 50. Both women and men suffer from it, and while it tends to be more common in women, it is usually more severe in men. However, there are treatments available that can help reduce the signs and give a fresh and natural looking face.


Rosacea, which is known to be quite severe and unpredictable at times, can impact the sufferer’s quality of life, is a recurring condition and tends to affect the face – namely the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin areas. Possible signs and symptoms include:

  • Persistent redness
  • Dilated blood vessels on the face
  • Flushing
  • A constant blushing appearance
  • Small red bumps or spots
  • Irritation around the eye area
  • Thickening of the skin


The cause of rosacea is unknown but there are certain things that have been identified as possible sources including blood vessel abnormalities, insect bites and genetics.

Health experts have also identified various triggers, conditions or actions that have been identified as factors that may make symptoms worse, such as:

  • Extreme conditions (hot and cold)
  • Stress
  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Spicy foods
  • Vigorous exercise
  • Caffeine


Rosacea has a number of sub-types, defined by the severity of symptoms, which require different treatment plans or medications (please note that in the majority of cases, medication effectively tackles the symptoms of rosacea).

In terms of treatments, your skin type will determine which treatment is most suitable for you and all treatments aim to:

  • Soothe and calm sensitive areas
  • Target sensitive, inflamed skin
  • Eliminate rosacea flare-ups
  • Plump and hydrate the skin

While there is no definitive cure, the following treatments, available at Thérapie Clinic, are designed to treat and reduce the signs of rosacea:

IPL Treatment

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) employs targeted pulses of light which are attracted to the the problem areas of the skin. This light then heats up the cells, thus collapsing them and allowing them to be flushed out by the body’s natural defences. This process leaves only the healthy skin cells in the targeted area, thereby balancing out the skin tone in a few short

Murad Redness Therapy

Dr. Murad, a practicing dermatologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, has transformed the fields of skincare and dermatology forever. His work has established him as one of the world’s foremost authorities on skin health. This breakthrough treatment – involving a formulation which consists of a potent blend of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories – provides fast relief to patients whilst calming, soothing and strengthening inflamed, sensitive and rosacea-affected skin. Prices start from €100.

Image Skincare Lightening Lift Peel

Skin peels are designed to improve and enhance the appearance and condition of the skin. This Image Skincare Lightening Lift Peel consists of natural ingredients including Aloe Vera, Papaya, Green Tea and Vitamin C. This blend, combined with lactic acid and lightening/brightening agents, helps to reduce sun spots, brown spots and redness brought on by rosacea. Prices start from €100.

Due to the fact that everyone’s skin is different and treatments are based on suitability and severity, we highly recommend that you book a consultation with one of our skin specialists to discuss treatment options and plans. From individually prescribed products to scientifically tested chemical peels, we have a range of options available at Thérapie Clinic.

For more information on the above treatments, get in touch online here or call us on 1890 650 750.