Rosacea : Skin problem

Rosacea : Skin problem

What is Rosacea? 

Rosacea is a chronic skin disease affecting your nose, cheeks, and forehead during the flare-up. There is presently no cure of this disease, search have managed to find ways to minimize the symptoms of the disease. Rosacea often occurs in middle age of 30 and 50. People with fair skin, blue eyes and blonde hair are more prone to develop the disease. Your genetics are also a major risk factor in developing the disease. 

There are four types of Rosacea, they can even coexist in one patient. 

 

 What are the causes of Rosacea? 

 

The exact etiology of Rosacea is still unknown, but research have shown us that the combination of certain environmental and hereditary factors can worsen the disease. For example, eating food item containing chocolate, tomato, citrus, cinnamaldehyde and spice. Drinking coffee and tea, allergy caused by skin mites, Demodex, and presence of a skin protein named cathelicidin, that protects the skin from infection. 

Your doctor can easily diagnose the disease by simply doing the physical examination. Mostly, symptoms occur according to the type of the disease and include 

 Rosacea ETR shows redness and flushing in the center of the skin, broken and visible blood vessels with dry and scaly skin. 

 Acne rosacea shows oily, raised skin patches and acne-like breakout in the skin.

 Ocular rosacea shows a burning or stinging sensation in the eyes. Diminished vision and broken blood vessels on eyelids. 

 Skin thickening can occur with time especially on the nose.

 

 How can we control the symptoms of Rosacea? 

 

  • Avoid products that contain alcohol, menthol, exfoliating agents and witch hazel. These ingredients can irritate or flare up your symptoms. 
  • Avoid taking alcohol. 
  • Avoid direct contact with the sunlight. 
  • Use can use some laser and light treatments in severe cases of rosacea. 
  • Microdermabrasion treatment to reduce thickening of the skin. 
  • Taking eye treatment and antibiotics in case of superadded bacterial skin infection.
  •  You can purchase oil-free products and moisturizers from the market. 
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 Rosacea friendly skincare routine

 You can do work up on your skin daily to make your skin rosacea friendly. 

  1. Cleanse your face twice a day. 
  2. Moisturize your skin daily whether your skin is oily or dry.
  3. Protect your skin from the ultraviolet radiations of the sunlight.
  4. Test skincare and makeup products on your skin before applying it directly to your face. 
  5. Avoid rubbing or scratching your skin. 

 Summary

Rosacea is a chronic disease that you need to learn to manage your whole life. It is difficult to cope with the condition sometimes; you can always consult your dermatologist during a flare up of your disease. You can connect with people having the same disease, find support in online group and pages on social media. It can affect everyone differently; with the time you can learn to manage your condition.       

 

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