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Rosacea is a chronic skin condition of the face that is often misdiagnosed as adult acne. It varies in severity and can worsen if left untreated and can onset at any age. Typically, you will experience inappropriate flushing, persistent facial redness, and broken blood vessels (telangiectasias). You may also experience bouts of inflammation that cause red papules (small bumps) or pustules. However, comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) are not part of rosacea.
About 50% of those with rosacea suffer eye involvement, including such conditions as conjunctivitis, blepharitis, dry gritty eyes, and recurrent sties. Nose enlargement (rhinophyma) and skin thickening from excess tissue happens more commonly in men.
What causes Rosacea?
The cause is poorly understood. Flushing is an essential part of the condition, so experts believe
that there is a vascular cause or that blood vessels are a significant component to the cause. While there is no cure, you can manage symptoms with a proper regimen and by avoiding certain lifestyle triggers.
What Other Factors Aggravate Rosacea?
Certain medications that cause flushing can flare your skin. Vasodilating drugs (ones that cause your blood vessels to enlarge) such as ACE-inhibitors and some cholesterol lowering agents may play a part. Perfumed cosmetics can aggravate your skin, you should also avoid other topical irritants such as scrubs, toners, acetone, and alcohols. Other common triggers include extreme weather, stress, alcohol, spicy foods, hot drinks nd hot baths/showers.
Coverage daily with reapplication sun protection is a must, we recommend sunscreens that have a broad spectrum.
- Telangectasiae (blood vessel lines)
- Eye involvement, irritation, dryness, swelling
- Soft tissue hypertrophy or skin thickening (rhinophyma)
- Overall redness, bumps, pimples, pustules
Where Does Rosacea Occur On The Skin?
You will typically see rosacea around the central area of your face. It may occasionally be isolated to one patch.
Your provider will create a customer regimen which may consist of prescription medications, oral and/or topical, spa treatments and physician grade products to help you better manage your symptons.