Rosacea is a chronic skin condition which is most identifiable by facial flushing (redness). Pustules (pimples) can also occur from Rosacea. The condition usually affects the face, but can spread to the body and sufferers can run into problems if it begins to affect the skin around the eyes – known as ocular rosacea.
It is typically a harmless condition in terms of overall health, but it can be very distressing for the sufferer in emotional terms, with many afflicted with Rosacea also suffering from depression and shyness.
Rosacea initially appears as a general redness in the face that does not go away. Eventually pustules can appear, which are similar in appearance to pimples. In addition as the condition progresses, red lines and bumps can appear commonly affecting the nose. Quite often rosacea can be confused with acne because of the presence of pustules.
The condition does not usually present until a person is over 30 years of age and women are more likely to be afflicted. The condition is also more prevalent in people of European descent and has been called the “curse of the celts” in Ireland and Britain.
Rosacea can be triggered by certain kinds of food, beverages, emotions, temperature and medications. Sufferers are typically told to stay away from extremely hot and cold climates, which tend to trigger breakouts of pustules and facial redness. Spicy foods, chocolate, cheese, alcohol and caffeine are also said to trigger breakouts.
One of the worst parts for Rosace sufferers is that stress can make a breakout worse – so as they become more stressed about their facial redness and pustules, it becomes worse.
Rosacea sufferers often keep a journal to record details of “breakouts” and what happened to make that breakout occur – a new food, a particularly emotional day and so on.
Researchers are still trying to ascertain the exact cause of the condition, but there are many treatments available for rosacea sufferers. They do know it is a complex condition, involving the nervous system and skin.
The best way to determine if you have rosacea is to visit your doctor and possibly a dermatologist (skin specialist). The early you are diagnosed, the better you can handle breakouts and find the right combination of medication, skin care products to help combat the problem.
Some triggers like the weather are harder to avoid, but dietary changes can help avoid the worse parts of Rosacea. Drinking plenty of water is said to be of great help to people with rosacea.
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