Rosacea produces an acne-like reddening along with papules and a thickening of the skin. It typically affects those in their 30s-40s, with light-skin or blush easily. The causes of rosacea aren’t fully understood but triggers appear to be: sun exposure, exercise, spicy food or other times when there is a sudden, overreaction of facial blood vessels.
Rosacea may be treated with:
- Topical Treatments and Antibiotics
- Laser Treatment
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common, chronic skin disorder that affects millions of Americans every year. Its symptoms are frequent redness (flushing) and inflammation usually on the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin. Symptoms also include small red lines under the skin. The lines show up when blood vessels under skin get larger. Sometimes the redness appears along with bumps on the skin. Some patients have inflamed eyelids. Some people (often men) suffer from a swollen nose that can be red, large, and often bumpy.
Rosacea usually appears between the ages of 30 and 50 and affects more women than men.
At its early stage, Rosacea may appear as typical sunburn. As condition progresses, flushing becomes more obvious, and some people notice a burning sensation.
What Causes Rosacea?
Unfortunately, the causes of rosacea are unknown. Professionals have suggested that rosacea may develop due to disorder of blood vessels causing them to swell, due to genetic predisposition to the disease, due to numerous environmental factors. Researchers have also noticed that several members of the family may share the same condition which leads to believe the condition may be genetic.
Can it be cured?
There is no cure for rosacea, BUT it can be treated and certainly controlled. In time the skin will look better. Professional medical centers specializing in skin care offer a variety of treatment methods that typically include electro and laser surgery. Oral antibiotics are often prescribed and professional topical creams/cosmetics are prescribed to reduce the effect of rosacea. Many patients are advised to avoid the lifestyle and environmental factors that may aggravate the condition.