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Many dermatologists and medical researchers are one in the opinion that Rosacea is one disease hard to diagnose. The reason is simply that there are many other skin conditions that co-exist with it. The list of these diseases ” acne, seborrhea, eczema, psoriasis, or lupus symptoms ” is rather plentiful.
The main problem is that medications used in the treatment of acne, for instance, can be too harsh leading to the onset of œacne Rosacea. In the meantime, aggressive acne treatments to reduce oiliness of the skin can result in the flaking associated with seborrheic dermatitis. The butterfly rash of lupus can lead to a misdiagnosis of Rosacea.
Rosacea has four distinct and recognized phases, each one with its own groupings of symptoms. The disease does not always evolve from one phase to the other, but the symptoms have a tendency to eventually become severe. The four phases of Rosacea are pre-Rosacea, vascular Rosacea, inflammatory Rosacea, and late Rosacea.
In the early phase of Rosacea, it appears as a repeated tendency to blush. The blushing is known to be caused by the dilation of the blood vessels just under the skin. Gradually, the redness from the blushing becomes more persistent, and particularly around the nose.
In this phase of Rosacea, the blood vessels swell and fluid leaks out of them at a faster-than-normal rate. This results in the skin looking puffy and warm. As the blood vessels dilate, they are visible on the skin as small red lines. It is called telangiectasia, commonly referred to as œspider veins. At this time, the skin also becomes more sensitive. When cosmetics and other skin products are used, there often is a stinging or slightly burning sensation. The skin's sebaceous glands enlarge, making the skin oilier.
When papules (small red bumps) and pustule (pus-filled pimples) star appearing, Rosacea has entered the inflammatory stage. These two symptoms are like acne, but they are totally different and require different treatments.
This is the most advanced phase of Rosacea. The illness still has all its earlier symptoms, only they appear more intense. The redness of the skin deepens, and the number of visible veins increases. At this point, the skin may also thicken. In some people, the excess skin tissue causes the nose to become enlarged and bulbous. This is called rhinophyma. Rosacea has never been more distinct.
Rosacea starts out like any other common skin disease where the victims usually begin with a tendency to flush or blush easily. As Rosacea progresses, the victims usually develop redness in the centers of both their cheeks. The redness, after a time, spreads gradually beyond the nose and the cheeks. It then goes to the forehead and the chin, and on some people, even the ears, chest and back are affected.
The face of Rosacea
Tiny blood vessels they call spider veins develop on their faces, especially on both their cheeks. After a while, small red bumps develop and appear in crops. Some of these red bumps contain pus (pustules) and those without pus are called papules. These red bumps look like acne, and people usually call them adult acne. However, the affected skin swells and these bumps do not develop into blackheads.
Tips for patients
There are so many things that can trigger Rosacea flare-ups. To help decrease these, the following are recommendations from dermatologists taken from data supplied by the victims themselves. Avoid certain foods and drinks. Spicy foods, caffeine, hot drinks, and alcohol “ these are just some of the most common triggers for Rosacea. Alcohol is bad for both drinkers and non-drinkers alike. Even the smell of spicy foods triggers some reactions to those allergic to them.
Always have a good sun protection. Exposure to the sun seems to be the most common trigger. Limit your exposure to sunlight, but if you do, wear some SPF30 sunscreen and re-apply them every 2 hours.
Guard your skin from extreme heat or very cold temperatures. Either one aggravates Rosacea. Protect your face from cold and wind with a non-irritating scarf or ski mask. Do not overheat. Exercise in a cool place.
Do not use skin care products or any cosmetics that contain alcohol or other irritating substances. When using hair sprays, avoid having the spray getting in contact with your face.
Avoid rubbing, scrubbing or massaging the face. As much as possible, keep your face clean and avoid having to touch it unless necessary. Keep your skin care routine simple and use fewer products.
It is important to note the episodes when your flushing occurs. The above list is just the common triggers that happen to most Rosacea victims. There are other triggers not listed here.
By writing down and taking notes to what foods, products, activities, medications and other things that triggers your Rosacea, you would be able to exactly know them to be able to avoid them.
1.Know your triggers
Break outs are usually triggered by a host of factors. These triggers are different for each person. Some may even have more than one trigger. The trick is to determine what your triggers are so that you can minimize your break outs. This is the first line of defense for Rosacea patients. Sun exposure and changing weather are the most common triggers along with spicy food and stress. Some vegetables like eggplants and spinach can also trigger breakout also citrus fruits, raisins and plum. Chocolates and other dairy products are also in the list of triggers also cigarettes and alcoholic beverages.
2. Get treatment
One thing to remember about Rosacea is it worsens with age especially when it is left untreated. It occurs later in life, from about 30 years old to about 50. It is important that you get treatment as soon as you realize that you have the problem. This will help you control your symptoms.
3. Be aware
One of the hardest things about Rosacea is recognizing its symptoms. It is a chronic skin problem, meaning that the symptoms comes and goes. They do not appear regularly or in the same extent. This is why some people do not realize that they have the problem. Some think that the redness is because of sunburn or because they get easily flushed than other people. Be aware. Your vigilance will help you deal with the problem early on.
Rosacea “ A Short Overview
From a medical point of view, Rosacea is a œchronic inflammation of the skin. It causes redness and pimples on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. It comes and goes and is sometimes called adult acne. It can also cause soreness of the eyes and eyelids.
It starts as someone's tendency to blush easily, but it can progress into facial redness, and red bumps and pustules.
Sometimes, tiny red veins appear on the face, and there is a burning or stinging pain when applied with lotions or medicines. The face will become increasingly dry and sensitive.
In ocular Rosacea, the eyes become red and look irritated, including the eyelids which may look red and swollen. Vision sometimes can be blurry. The eyes become watery and tend to develop sties. (Unchecked, there is a possibility of corneal damage or even blindness)
In extreme cases, especially without treatment, there would be knobby bumps on the nose and cheeks that can multiply. This is advanced Rosacea (rhinophyma).
The exact cause or causes are not yet known. Researchers think Rosacea is caused by genetic conditions and environmental factors (bacteria and the sun, etc.)The disease has a tendency to affect fair-skinned people or those who blush easily.
Rosacea flares up when blood vessels in the face expand and causes blushing or redness. The triggers are the sun, wind, stress, alcohol, spicy food, hot weather and hot baths. Sometimes, mood changes can cause a Rosacea flare-up.
Unfortunately, Rosacea has no cure, only medicine to manage the disease. The symptoms can be treated to keep the disease from getting worse.
For the redness and the pimples, antibiotic creams and pills are sometimes recommended by the doctors. (Pregnant women are barred from using antibiotics.) Antibiotics also take some time to work on the improvements of your symptoms.
Doctors sometimes prescribe stronger medicines if antibiotics cannot do the control job. As a last resort, surgery may sometimes help your skin look better. The choices include dermabrasion, cryosurgery or laser surgery.
Oral antibiotics and some topical solutions can keep your Rosacea under control. A photodynamic therapy can reduce redness and the appearance of the blood vessels. For patients with severe rhinophyma (œbulbous nose), laser re-surfacing can be used to reshape your nose.
Acne and Rosacea
There is no truth that one causes the other, but these two skin conditions often appear together. Unfortunately, acne (œacne vulgaris) and Rosacea required two different kinds of treatments.
Rosacea is a disorder afflicting the extensive facial vascular network. Acne, on the other hand, is related to the oil glands that can affect the skin all over the body.
If you have both, it is best to consult your doctor on your skin care routine because the methods used to treat one condition can make the other disease worse. It is a tricky position for you and your Rosacea.