What Is Rosacea?
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that mainly affects the skin on the face, though can also occur on the neck, chest and back areas. It can vary from mild to severe with flare ups in between having also an emotional and social impact on the individual.
Though there are 4 types of rosacea more common symptoms are visible blood vessels and redness in your face primarily cheeks, nose, chin, forehead. Severe cases or flare ups can present with pustules (white pimples) or papules (red raised bumps) and a coarse, thicker skin texture. There is no cure ,but it can be managed and improved with medical and skin treatments. If you’re wondering what rosacea is and what can cause it, we can help.
Who Can Get Rosacea?
While rosacea can affect almost anyone, it is most common in people who are;
- Fair skin and hair, often with blonde hair and blue eyes
- From Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry
- Often between 30 to 50 years of age
- Genetically predisposed, so they may have someone in the family who has also suffered from rosacea
- Experience gastrointestinal health issues/disease
What Are The Symptoms Of Rosacea?
The common symptoms of rosacea can include the following:
- Facial redness and tiny visible vessels
- Frequent blushing or a permanent red flush across the cheeks and nose
- A burning or stinging sensation
- Thickened, coarse skin texture
- Acne-like breakouts
- Enlarged capillaries (telangiectasis)
- Mildly swollen nose and cheeks (hyperplasia)
- Under the skin lumps that are often painless
- Pustules or pimples in the cheeks, chin and forehead.
- redness of eyes and eyelids (ocular rosacea)
What Causes Rosacea?
Unfortunately, scientists and doctors have so far been unable to determine the cause of rosacea. While it has been suggested that it could be due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors, the professionals do not yet have a solid answer.
What Are Some Environmental Triggers Of Rosacea?
While doctors do not yet know what causes rosacea, there are certain environmental factors that can trigger a rosacea breakout or make existing flare-ups worse. If you do suffer from rosacea the following factors may intensify your symptoms:
- Emotional stress
- Spicy foods
- Tea, coffee and hot drinks
- Overexposure to strong sunlight
- Overheating, particularly in bed at night
- Eye strain
- Gut health Rosacea clients have a greater incidence of gastrointestinal disorders ie bacterial imbalance ,inflammatory bowel disease
- Blood pressure medications
How Is Rosacea Treated?
Treatment for rosacea usually involves steps to control the signs and symptoms as well as understanding what environmental factors may intensify a flare-up. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or other topical medication. They will often also suggest a specific skincare regimen, laser or light therapy treatments for you to follow.
Light and laser therapies target different aspects of the condition, particularly the redness and veins.The heat absorbed from the laser light collapses the visible tiny red blood vessels and reduces the flushed appearance of the skin.
What You Can Do To Help Alleviate Your Rosacea Symptoms?
- Avoid triggers
- Drink plenty of water
- Increase fatty acids/omega and zinc ideally from food sources
- Prebiotic supplement to keep gut environment healthy for good bacteria
- Probiotic. Supplement. Adds more good microorganisms to intestines
- Wear a mineral make up and remove at night
- Zinc based sunscreen not chemical based
- Sensitive eyes ,wear UV sunglasses, use warm compresses,artificial tear drops
The type of treatment will often depend upon how severe your skin or flare-up is If you are suffering from rosacea and are looking for some professional help to try and get it under control, why not give us a call? Our team of highly trained professionals will be able to help you out with your skincare concerns.