Rosacea is a skin condition that often goes un diagnosed. It effects close to 16 million Americans of every age and background. It’s a disorder of the blood vessels found in the skin that causes redness of the face and other parts of the body – much like blushing and other symptoms.
While red cheeks and blushing is quite normal, people who suffer from Rosacea can experience this on a constant basis where the redness can last for months – causing a sense of embarrassment and often effecting a person’s self-esteem.
It’s a chronic progressive condition that gets worse over time. Early on the condition will last weeks up to a couple of months. Redness and flushing can be accompanied by other symptoms including redlines beneath the skin, small red bumps – coining the condition Adult acne, a large red nose and dry plus itchy eyes.
The symptoms often appear in stages. First you may sense your self-blushing more often than not with the redness persisting over time – as blood vessels close to the skin remain open. As symptoms persist, the dilated blood vessels tend to swell and become visible under the surface of the skin. Further inflammation may lead to small red bumps.
Just over half of the people who suffer from Rosacea, experience red and dry itchy eyes. It can also cause grittiness. In rare cases, the condition can threaten one’s eye site. In rare conditions, Rhinophyma may develop due to enlarging oil glands. The skin on the nose becomes thicker and knobby with the cheeks becoming puffy. It is rare and often effects men more than women.
As you can see, the condition can take on many different forms. Depending on the symptoms, it is considered as one of the above subtypes. Depending on your subtype, your dermatologist can help you develop a treatment plan.
The condition often effects people aged between 30 and 50 – with a history of Rosacea in the family. Having fair skin can also put you at greater risk. Women often experience Rosacea more than men as the condition can be brought on my menopause.
While the risk factors are clear, specialists are not sure exactly what causes the condition. Medical researches are looking in to the cause of inflammation, skin bacteria, immune system response and even mites that live on the surface of your skin – known as the Demadex mite.
The symptoms of the condition are often confused with other conditions such as allergies or acne, dismissed as normal signs of aging. If redness or bumps remain after a flare up, you should consider visiting a skin specialist.
Because Rosacea is a progressive condition, it’s important to get a diagnosis as soon as possible. The earlier you are able to catch the condition, the easier it is to treat the problem. The specialist will place your condition into a sub category and will need a snapshot of your lifestyle. Armed with this information, the person will develop the best possible treatment plan. A combination of lifestyle changes and medications is often most effective.