What is Rosacea?

 

Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that affects adults (usually 30-60 years).  It causes redness in your face and produces small, red, pus-filled bumps or pustules.

 

If left untreated, rosacea tends to be progressive, which means it gets worse over time.  In some people rosacea is cyclic meaning it flares up for a period of weeks to months, and then diminishes before flaring up again.

 

Rosacea can be mistaken for other skin problems, such as acne, a skin allergy or eczema.

 

Though rosacea doesn’t have a cure, treatments can control and reduce the signs and symptoms. If you experience persistent redness of your face, talk to your doctor/ dermatologist for a diagnosis.

 

Rosacea Symptoms & Signs:

 

  • Red areas on your face
  • Small, red bumps or pustules on your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin, these are not the same as whiteheads or blackheads
  • A red nose
  • Small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks
  • Sometimes burning or gritty sensation in your eyes
  • A tendency to blush easily

 

Causes of Rosacea – (Redness of skin)?

 

Although the cause is unclear, often rosacea begins as a tendency to blush easily and then progresses to a persistent redness in the central portion of your face, particularly the nose. This redness results from the dilation of blood vessels close to your skin’s surface.

 

As symptoms worsen, small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks swell and become visible. Your skin may become overly sensitive, oily skin and dandruff is sometimes a problem.

 

Small, red bumps or pustules may appear and persist, spreading across your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. This is sometimes known as inflammatory rosacea.

 

Some people also experience ocular rosacea — a burning and gritty sensation in the eyes. Rosacea may cause the inner skin of the eyelids to become inflamed or appear scaly, a condition known as conjunctivitis.

 

It is most common in people with family history of rosacea with fair skin and light hair and eye colour, between the ages of 30 and 60, especially if you’re going through menopause

 

Treatment for Rosacea

 

If you experience persistent redness of your face, talk to your doctor or a dermatologist for a diagnosis and treatment plan. The earlier treatment is started, the more successful it will be.

 

  • Use simple cleansers and skin care products that do not contain acids, alcohol and other irritants. Such as Cetaphil,Rosaliac
  • Toleriane corrective brush works well to mask the redness.
  • Rosaliac cream helps reduce redness and contains an SPF.  It is an excellent moisturizer for rosacea.

 

Avoid anything that makes it worse. This may include:

 

  • Hot foods or beverages
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Temperature extremes
  • Sunlight
  • Stress, anger or embarrassment
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Hot baths, saunas
  • Corticosteroids
  • Drugs that dilate blood vessels, talk to your doctor or our pharmacist for more information if you are concerned about this.