What is Rosacea?

Skin disorders are incredibly common; in fact, most of us suffer from something whether it be dry skin, oily skin, pigmentation spots, or rosacea. But what exactly is rosacea? We have all heard about it, and yet, we often just think of it as excessive redness on the face. Rosacea is actually a chronic skin condition that makes your face look red, can cause swelling, and can cause sores that look like acne. While this condition is completely not life threatening, it can be embarrassing and cause the sufferer great stress and anxiety. The actual cause of rosacea is not known, however, you are more likely to have it if you are fair skinned, between the ages of 30-50, or a woman (although men usually have more severe symptoms). The actual cause for rosacea to appear is the swelling of blood vessels under the surface of the skin. If you think you have rosacea, here are some of the symptoms: redness of the face, blushing or flushing easily, a lot of spider-like blood vessels of the face, red nose (often called bulbous nose), acne-like skin sores that may ooze or crust over, burning or stinging feeling in the face, and irritated or bloodshot watery eyes. Rosacea is typically diagnosed by a medical examination where your doctor will ask about your medical history as well as perform a medical examination of your face. While there is no known cure for rosacea, your doctor can drastically help you identify what makes your condition worse, which are referred to as triggers. If you avoid triggers, this can help reduce flare-ups. Some known ways to help prevent outbreaks are: avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreen every day, avoiding activity in hot weather, reducing stress as much as you can, and limiting spicy foods, alcohol, and hot beverages. While triggers vary from person to person, your doctor will help you learn your personal ones. If you have severe enough rosacea, laser surgery can help reduce redness. As stated before, this condition is completely harmless, however, it can cause the sufferer to become extremely self conscious or embarrassed. If you think you might suffer from rosacea, see your doctor. There are options to help lessen the redness and reduce your triggers so that you may lead a full and happy life!




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