The earlier you can detect rosacea, the quicker you can begin to treat the problem and modify your behavior. Unfortunately many people don’t realise that they have rosacea until they have had it for a few years and permanently damaged their skin.
Because rosacea is a vascular disorder, if you ignore it your face will become redder and you can damage the veins on your face, leaving permanent marks. Because rosacea usually exhibits on a person’s face first it is easily noticed by people who are familiar with the condition, but for those who have never heard of rosacea before, they can go for years without a proper diagnosis.
Here are the top 8 signs that you may have Rosacea:
- Your face is flushed
Facial redness is a give away that you may have rosacea. If your face has remained red for a long period (usually starting with the cheeks) you have the most common symptom of rosacea.
- Broken blood vessels
If you look at the skin on your face very closely and notice that you have broken blood vessels and blood vessels that look dilated (larger than usual and very red), that is another sign you may have rosacea. This part of the condition is called Telangiectasia.
- Your skin changes to red quickly
If you notice that sudden changes in temperature such as walking from a warm room to a cold room cause your face to go red, that is another sign you may have rosacea. That is called skin hyper activity, and can also be triggered by all kinds of stimulus including spicy food and alcohol.
- Bumps on your skin
This one is tricky because common acne can also cause various bumps on your skin. But if you are suddenly experiencing redness AND bumps, then it may very well be rosacea.
- Facial pustules
Pustules are the next step up from lumps and bumps and are white spots similar to pimples. A dermatologist can differentiate bewteen pimples and pustules but it’s hard for the ordinary person to do so.
- Facial Burning
If your skin feels overly hot it is because the pain nerves of your skin have been activated by increased blood flow to your face. This sign is usually a late stage symptom, so it’s not common in people who have just started having facial flushing.
- Facial Swelling
If the skin on your face feels puffy, it can be a result of rosacea. It is caused by fluids leaking out of enlarged blood vessels in the face.
- Problems with your eyes
Many people who suffer from rosacea experience ocular problems such as blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelash folicles). Frequently people who experience ocular rosacea may find themselves getting eye infections, having itchy eyes, having dry eyes or bloodshot eyes. Ocular rosacea can lead to complications so it is more serious and you may benefit from talking to an opthamologist.