Rosacea: Facing the Facial Problem

Have you ever experienced having red spots on your facial skin, particularly in your cheeks and nose, if exposed to sudden change of weather, of after eating spicy foods and drinking coffee or alcohol?  You might be experiencing Rosacea.  This condition occurs when there is an inflammation in the blood vessels under the facial skin and this is noticeable in the cheeks, around the nose, in the chin or, for severe cases, in the eyes. This is different from acne although pimple-like bumps appear in some cases.



Other symptoms are:

  1.  Burning, cutting and stinging sensation
  2. Telangiectasia or enlarged and visible blood vessels
  3. Dryness in the skin
  4. Swelling of the facial sin
  5. Thickening of the skin

The cause of rosacea is still unknown but there are studies show that there are factors that can trigger or can aggravate this condition like:

  1. Spicy foods
  2. Caffeine and hot tea
  3. Alcohol
  4. Exposure to sunlight
  5. Exhausting exercise
  6. Sudden change of weather or extreme temperatures
  7. Stress and other negative emotions
  8. Saunas or hot baths

And many more

Studies also show that this condition may run in the genes, thus can be hereditary.  This is also common to fair-skinned people or Caucasians.  All ages can experience this condition but most common in middle aged men and women. Although considered as chronic, this is not contagious.  Thus, it will not spread through air exposure.  If symptoms are experienced, it is best to contact a medical practitioner right away to prevent its severity.

This condition brings both physical and emotional hurt. It is very embarrassing to have this kind of disease as it is exposed.  Usually, patients experiencing to have rosacea have low self confidence and always worried about their physical features.

The good news is, there are rosacea treatments available over-the-counter.  Treatments may come in creams, lotions and gels and can be bought without prescription.  Just remember that acne treatments will not work as it is different from acne.  Some doctors may also advice to take certain medications for inflammation.  Dermatologists may also suggest a change in the skin care products as some ingredients may trigger its occurrence.  Healthy diet can also help in its treatment.  Rosacea treatments are more effective if vices like alcohol, smoking and caffeine are avoided. Patients are also advised to use sunscreen protection with high SPF and wear sunglasses or cap as a protection.

For quick fix, some cosmetics may conceal the redness resulting from this condition.  Try to experiment different make-ups and foundation colour that can perfectly cover the swelling facial skin. Ask your dermatologists for the ingredients of cosmetics that need to be avoided.  Proper skin care is more needed when having this kind of skin problem.  Gentle washing and rinsing should be practised.  Cotton towel should also be used to dry the face.

Lastly, although it is hard to cope with this kind of condition, we should do our best to become positive that the case can be treated.  It is understandable that this can cause embarrassment and emotional injury but having positive attitude in its treatment will be a great help.

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