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Rosacea and Blushing Treatments, Symptoms and Causes

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  • Treatment Results


    3-6 months

  • Treatment Procedure Time

    Procedure Time

    10-25 mins

  • Treatment Risk and Complications

    Risk & Complicationss

    Allergic reactions

  • Full recovery from treatment

    Full Recovery

    1 week

  • Back to Work from Treatment

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    After treatment

Rosacea is a common yet misunderstood skin condition. It affects almost 16 million Americans commonly Caucasians. The patients of rosacea experience redness and flushing on their faces. As the condition aggravates, small pustules may accompany blushing. Though this condition is prevalent in both genders but it is more common in women of age 30 to 70 years.

Rosacea Symptoms

The symptoms of rosacea usually start with flushing episodes (skin turning red for small time period). As the condition progress other symptoms may also appear including;

  • Flushing
  • Sensation of burning and stinging
  • spots (papules and pustules)
  • small blood vessels in the skin that become visible
  • permanent skin redness
  • Skin thickness
  • Skin sensitiveness
  • Dry or rough skin

Rosacea is a kind of relapsing skin condition which implies that there are certain periods when the condition is significantly severe followed by less severe periods.

Causes of Rosacea

There are no exact known causes of Rosacea. There are numerous factors which have been suggested to cause this condition perhaps a combination of these factors. Some of the major factors include;

  • Abnormalities in blood vessels
  • Activation of skin peptides
  • According to the research of National Rosacea Society, higher number of microscopic skin mites called ‘demodex folliculorum’ on skin can cause rosacea
  • Helicobacter pylori bacteria present in the digestive system causing the blood vessels to dilate
  • Genetic factors

Triggering factors of Rosacea

Though these are not directly a cause of Rosacea but are found to worsen the symptoms. The most commonly reported triggers include;

  • Sunlight exposure
  • Tension and stress
  • hot or cold weather
  • strong winds
  • strenuous physical activities
  • alcohol consumption
  • Taking hot baths
  • Eating spicy foods
  • Excessive Intake of Hot drinks
  • humidity
  • Extra caffeine intake (found in tea, coffee and cola)
  • the menopause
  • Dairy products
  • Some medical conditions
  • Certain medicines, such as amiodarone, corticosteroids and high doses of vitamins B6 and B12

White patches after botox. Ever happened to you?

This lady had her frown lines treated with botox and afterwards was concerned about the white patches that appeared whenever she was hot.

Why? Just as botox can relax muscles and block sweat glands, botox can keep the small blood vessels responsible for ‘blushing’ from dilating. So while this lady only wanted to reduce her frown line, it also treated part of her facial blushing.

We know that botox can help with facial blushing but we’re also very aware that you can also relax a few too many facial muscles than you would like.

Majority of us blush or flush in some kind of emotional or stressful situations but this is normal. Blushing is an involuntary action which results from some environmental trigger. In some people, it not just appear on face but also on neck, ears, upper chest and other body area making it feel hot. When blushing becomes abnormally frequent and severe it can affect the quality of life.

Causes of Blushing

Abnormal blushing can be caused by physical as well as psychological causes. These include the following;

  • Psychological disorders such as social phobia or social anxiety disorders, generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Rosacea is a long-term skin condition characterized by episodes of flushing ( in which skin turn red for short time period) and its main target is face.
  • The menopause in women.
  • Some medications and medical conditions

In addition to these, some other environmental and behavioural causes include;

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Excessive intake of hot and spicy foods
  • Intake of hot drinks
  • High body temperature
  • Sudden changes in temperature
  • Strenuous physical activity

There is no particular and complete cure of blushing/ flushing and rosacea available however a combination of self-help measures and medication can improve the symptoms. In addition to these, there are some specific rosacea treatment options available which are suggested on the basis of symptoms. Rosacea particularly responds quite well to these rosacea treatments.

At CosmeDocs we offer following Rosacea treatment options to effectively treat blushing and Rosacea which significantly reduce the symptoms.

At CosmeDocs, we offer one of the best known Rosacea treatment called Rosaclear by Obagi. It is a very gentle skin care cleansing treatment that gives relieve from the rosacea symptoms and is suitable for almost all skin types even for the very sensitive skin. It does not dry the skin and prevents any kind of tightness, moisture loss, itching and flaking of skin. The symptoms of rosacea can be significantly minimized by adopting a routine of using this gentle cleanser. It has the following active performance ingredients which soothe and relieve the symptoms of rosacea.

  • Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice that helps in calming and soothing the skin
  • Apricot kernel oil helps in hydrating skin that relieves flaking and itching
  • Antimicrobial ingredients effectively help in cleansing and purifying the skin.

A rosacea treatment plan will be formulated based on Rosaclear by Obagi based on your rosacea symptoms. The course of treatment may vary from 6 to 12 weeks. You need to apply the different creams in the system in the morning and in the evening along with an SPF cream. You will be given appointments for review of the skin condition after few weeks.

It is a very effective rosacea treatment with minimal side effects such as slight burning or stinging sensation but it is temporary and has no downtime.

IPL treatment with Lumecca is one of the best rosacea treatment options. It is a latest, advanced and powerful intense pulse light (IPL) which brings about significant improvement in the skin condition. IPL Lumecca can be conveniently used on the different body parts including face.

IPL Treatment Procedure

During this rosacea treatment, the patient may feel light stinging sensation on the skin. It feels like a snap of elastic. The treatment works by damaging the dilated blood capillaries and causing them to shrink in size so that they become invisible. It cause minimal scarring and does not damage the surrounding veins. After the treatment, the veins may lighten in colour or discolouration of veins may occur which disappears in few days.

Side Effects

This rosacea treatment has minimal side effects. There may be slight discomfort and warm sensation during the treatment but it subsides in few hours. In some cases, mild swelling and bruising may occur but it is also temporary and usually recovers in few days.

Treatment Duration

The treatment may take 15-30 minutes depending on the treatment area. The improvement in the condition can be noted after the first session of this rosacea treatment. Usually, 2-4 treatment sessions are required to further improve the results but this depends on the severity of the skin condition.


There is no downtime of this rosacea treatment. The patient can instantly resume normal routine activities after the treatment but a care should be taken to avoid sun exposure.


The cost of IPL for rosacea treatment varies from patient to patient depending on the number of sessions required. For further information you can check the price tab or can contact us directly.

Botox proves to be an effective option for blushing and rosacea treatment. Botox is superficially injected into the skin as a series of injections. Botox works by blocking the release of acetylcholine. It is a neurotransmitter that can cause excessive sweating and dilate blood vessels. Botox works by blocking the release of acetylcholine that results in reducing the facial blushing and flushing and reduce the swollen blood capillaries. Though it’s not a cure for rosacea, but it can be highly effective and safe rosacea treatment option for controlling the redness and breakouts of rosacea.

Possible Side Effects

The common side effects include slight swelling and bruising which eliminates in few days. The results of the treatment may last for about 6 to 8 months after which you require repeat treatment. Other side effects depending on areas treated and may include muscle / expression weakness.


There is no downtime of the treatment and cause mild discomfort. The patients can resume their routine activities immediately after the rosacea treatment.


The cost of the treatment depends on the number of Botox injections required for rosacea treatment. For further information about price you can check our price tab or can contact us directly.

It largely depends on the severity of your condition and your skin type. Our cosmetic doctors will carefully examine and analyze your skin condition then will recommend the best treatment option which suits your condition.

There is slight discomfort and pain associated with the IPL and Botox treatment which is only temporary and subsides in few days. Rosaclear by Obagi treatment is mild treatment and suits even to the very sensitive skin types.

There is no downtime of any of the rosacea treatment.

Rosaclear by Obagi and IPL treatment give long lasting and relatively permanent results while the results of Botox for rosacea treatment are not permanent. But the maintenance of the results of any of the treatment depends largely on the healthy diet and life style changes.


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