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Show your skin some love!

Yes, we’re heading towards Valentine’s Day with bouquets of red roses and heart-adorned cards filling the shelves – red is the colour for the 14th February.  But if you suffer from Rosacea or broken veins on your face then red may not be the colour that you love.

At the Skin to Love Clinic we see many patients with Rosacea, a common skin disease which causes redness and flushing, it can affect both sexes but it’s more common in middle-aged women and typically appears on the cheeks, chin, forehead and nose.  Sometimes a rash can pop up on the central part of the face, often with inflamed red bumps, spots and visible blood vessels. The skin often becomes sensitive and can cause burning, itching, swelling and dryness. Although there is no cure for Rosacea the condition can managed and is controllable.

We also deal with numerous cases of broken or spider veins, Telangiectasias, the medical name for the condition, are small dilated or broken blood vessels that appear near the surface of the skin. They normally measure between 0.5 and 1mm and can develop anywhere on the body but are most commonly found around the nose, cheeks and the chin. Cherry Angiomas, so called because of their bright red colour, are common skin blemishes caused by small dilated capillaries and look like small blood blisters. The condition can develop on any part of the body but are usually found on the torso, arms and shoulders.  Although harmless they can bleed if they are scratched or knocked.

There are numerous reasons why these conditions appear – age plays a big part as the skin becomes thinner the older we get, thus revealing blood vessels.  Due to hormonal changes during and post pregnancy, veins may become more obvious. Lifestyle and sun damage can all play a role – alcohol can irritate veins making them more prominent, and smoking, like sun damage, can quicken the ageing process making blood vessels more apparent.  Remember getting sunburnt is dangerous as it weakens blood vessels and causes them to break.

Sadly, once veins appear, they won’t disappear on their own. But the good news is that the team at The Skin to Love can help.  Treatment choices at the Clinic include Veinwave, a popular and widely used method developed by vascular surgeons. We use an ultra-fine insulated needle to heat the unwanted vessels in the skin which destroys the vein, the body gradually breaks it down and removes it. This technique not only protects the skin and surrounding tissue but allows the practitioner to accurately apply the treatment to the targeted vessels.  Another option to treat some individual broken veins as well as background redness is Regenlite. This is a pulse dye laser which can target haemoglobin; the light energy is safely absorbed by the blood and causes the targeted blood vessels to shut down.  A revolutionary treatment developed by NASA scientists, is Byonik, the world’s first laser which rejuvenates, repairs and protects your skin from inside the skin cells and is used in combination with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. Guided by your own pulse, this cold laser re-energises and repairs your skin cells, collagen and elastin as well as reducing skin inflammation and background redness, often associated with Rosacea.

We want you to fall in love with your skin again! So, at The Skin to Love Clinic, you will start your skin journey with a consultation with our medical team who will assess your concerns and discuss the treatment options available with you.  So, if you would like to discuss treatment for Rosacea, redness, broken veins, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team who will happily arrange a consultation for you.

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