Rosacea is a skin disease that is surprisingly common. It generally affects those over the age of 30. When you have rosacea, you will notice a redness on your cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. Sometimes, people also end up with little spots and pimples on the red parts. It can also cause soreness and redness in the eyes. One of the major problems with rosacea is that it causes people to lose a lot of self-confidence both professionally and socially. If you experience these rosacea signs, you should consult your doctor. Rosacea treatment can significantly improve the affliction or at the very least stop it from getting worse.
There is no real consensus on the causes of rosacea. It is known that the skin is responding to an irritant, but this is not a bacterial infection. Generally, it is more common in those people who blush easily and people of fair skin. There is also reasonable evidence to demonstrate it is a hereditary condition. The pattern of the rosacea makes diagnosis quite easy and it is rare for an invasive medical test to take place. Contrary to popular belief, there is no link between rosacea and alcohol abuse. However, the symptoms of rosacea can flare up when alcohol is consumed.
Generally, whenever the blood vessels expand, redness will occur. Triggers include sun exposure, exercise, wind exposure, stress, hot weather, alcohol, spicy food and hot baths. Going quickly from a cold to warm environment or vice versa is also a common reason for a flare up.
Symptoms of Rosacea Skin
There are a number of typical symptoms of rosacea. These include:
• Sensitive, dry skin that appears flushed and red and can burn or sting.
• Acne like breakouts in the areas of redness.
• Coarse and thick skin, with a texture that seems quite bumpy.
• Eye irritation, including dryness and redness.
Some atypical rosacea symptoms that do occur include loss of vision and a thickening of the skin on the face. Rhinophyma (bumps on the nose) may also occur, giving it a waxy and swollen look. However, it is rare for rosacea to get to this point.
There are a number of different types of treatment of rosacea. Unfortunately, rosacea cannot be cured but it will respond to treatment, allowing patients to control it and stop it from getting worse. Treatment depends on the affliction and the way rosacea presents itself.
For breakouts and redness, doxycycline and other low-dose antibiotics can be prescribed. Medicated skin creams are also effective. Redness caused by tiny blood vessels is generally treated through intense pulsed light or laser. Dry and sensitive skin should be protected with sunscreen and moisturizer. The eyes should be treated with eye drops, potentially medicated ones. A dermatologist can look into skin that becomes bumpy or thick and cosmetic surgery may be required.
Rosacea Flare-up Prevention
As stated, there is rosacea cure, so it becomes a lot more important to prevent flare-ups form occurring by recognizing the rosacea triggers. A dermatologist is best equipped to identify specific triggers and treatment options. You will probably asked to keep a diary in terms of exposure to heat and cold, as well as what you eat and drink, to try and identify whether the cause lies in your diet. A rosacea diet will generally include lower amounts of alcohol and spices. You should always protect your face from the rays of the sun and to wear a sun screen with SPF 15 at the very least. You should only use products designed for sensitive skin and you must gently wash your eyes with specifically designed cosmetic products. It may also help to apply a wet cloth with warm water several times per day. Rosacea home treatment is very much possible, but you should consult with a medical professional to see whether you require any medicated treatment as well.