ROSACEA / PINK FACE

About Rosacea

Rosacea (rose-ay-sha) is a chronic and potentially life disruptive skin condition which causes redness and small red bumps primarily on the facial skin often characterised by flare ups and remissions.

 

Causes:

  • Increased size of blood vessel and stagnation of blood

  • Altered immune system

  • Role of a mite called Demodex which is present on everyone’s skin

  • Genetic tendency

 

Triggering/aggravating factors :

  • Sun exposure

  • Stress

  • Red wine

  • Spicy food

  • Hot drinks

  • Emotions

  • Cosmetics

 

Presentation:

  • More common in females than males

  • Most common age - after 30 years

  • Initial symptoms: redness over the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead fading on its own after few minutes.

  • Later stage: Over time, the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear. Left untreated, bumps and pimples often develop mainly face.

  • Eye involvement can happen in terms of dry, itchy, red eyelids. In rare cases eye problems can precede skin symptoms

  • Advanced stage: Red, swollen, hard nose.

ROSACEA: Tips for Managing

  • Keeping a journal and other lifestyle tips can help reduce rosacea flares.

  • Learn what triggers your rosacea.

  • Follow a rosacea skin-care plan. Skin care plays an important role in keeping rosacea under control. Many skin care products are too harsh. This can make rosacea worse.

Myths v/s reality

  • Rosacea can be easily confused with acne/pimples or allergic reaction; hence it is mandatory to get treated from a trained and qualified dermatologist

  • Rosacea can be controlled to minimum level if treated promptly at earliest. Otherwise it results in persistent redness and hard,swollen nose

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