Rosacea is a chronic inflammation of the skin which occurs on the central areas of the face such as the forehead, cheeks and chin. The symptoms appear in the form of superficial blood vessels, redness, lumps and sometimes as pustules. Swelling of the nose can occur and the condition is most common in men. This skin disease often affects people in their 30s with light, sensitive skin. It is often mistaken for acne and is incorrectly referred to as adult acne because both the skin diseases have similar symptoms. When you suffer from rosacea you rarely have blackheads which is a common acne symptom. The appearance of these is not caused by an overproduction of sebum or that the sebaceous glands’ tube is being blocked.
It is still unclear why rosacea occurs but the condition is not contagious. Rosacea comes and goes, with some worse periods, and some mild or even problem free months. It can be negatively affected by sun, warmth, cold, wind, strong spices, hot drinks, alcohol, stress or excessively strong skincare products.
It is unfortunately not possible to permanently treat rosacea but the symptoms can be reduced during breakouts. The deciding factors of this skin disease are completely individual. It is therefore important to learn which factors trigger reactions for you and do your best to avoid them.
- It is important to treat your skin carefully and with mild products. Use products that are specially designed for the condition and for extra sensitive skin.
- Products that help to increase circulation, for example active serums and exfoliants, should definitely be avoided.
If you suffer with rosacea and have tried to treat it yourself without any success, you may have to seek help from your Doctor.
- Laser or IPL treatments can minimise the superficial blood vessels and/or redness.