Rosacea is a common skin condition that typical affects light-skinned individuals aged 40 to 60 years. It apprears as a reddish, ruddy rash, most often on the face. If left untreated, rosacea can get worse over time.
There is no known cause for rosacea. Since some rosacea patients respond to antibiotic medications, some scientist believe that it is a bacterial infection. Other research indicates that rosacea is caused by a malfunction of the blood vessels resulting in their rapid dilation. Either way, rosacea is not a contagious disease. While there is no specific evidence to show that rosacea is genetic, it does appear to run in some families.
Some lifestyle factors have been shown to exacerbate rosacea symptoms. These include consuming alcohol or spicy food, exercising, extreme temperatures ( high or low), exposure to UV rays and stress.
Facial redness is a type of rosacea recognized most often. This category is defined by persistent redness and flushing in the face. Stinging or burning sensations may also occur during flare-ups and the blood vessels are usually visible on the face.
Also known as papuoputular rosacea, this sub type is characterized by redness as well as swelling in certain regions of the face and acne-like bumps. In order to treat the bums that stem from this condition, a medical- grade cosmeceutical is used along with a laser treatment to alleviate the redness.
This form of rosacea is referred to as phymatous rosacea, which creates a bumpy and waxy texture on the skin. Additionally. The same bums may cause excess tissue on the nose – a condition known as rhinophyma – which can thicken the skin and create irregular surface nodules, making the nose look bigger.
Eye Irritation causes the eyes to look red and swollen during a flare-up. The eyes may also sting and burn, which may impair vision in some cases. Many individuals who suffer from ocular rosacea look as if they have a sty on their eyes.
Signs of Rosacea
Frequent flushing of the face (similar to blushing). This is often the first symptom and may be the only symptom for months or years before any other symptoms develop.
Redness (Erythema ) – Usually on the central parts of the face and looks similar to sunburn.
Papules and pustiles (small lumpy spots and cysts) – The spots and cysts look similar to acne and they may come and go or in some cases remain long-term. These may be accompanied by the development of telangectasia (thread veins). Rosacea may also be accompanied by oily skin and dandruff.
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