Rosacea is a skin condition where the skin of the face is inflamed and red. The redness is especially noticeable on the nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. It’s sometimes called acne rosacea or adult acne, though they are different maladies. Dermatologists know acne is caused by bacteria, but they do not know what causes rosacea. This condition tends to afflict people who are between 30 and 50, and though it’s more common in women, the signs and symptoms are more severe in men.
The symptoms are different from one person to the next ,and one person can have different types. People with the disorder have a tendency to flush or blush frequently, and sometimes capillaries are visible in the area; this is a sign of erythematotelangiectatic rosacea. In phymatous rosacea, the skin is red, thick, and rough-textured on the nose and cheeks. Some people have papules or pustules in the papulopustular variety, and their skin breaks out in what looks like acne. In some people the skin burns, stings, and itches. In a type called ocular rosacea, the person has red, burning, watery eyes.
People with this condition have flare-ups that can be triggered by emotional upsets, alcohol and spicy foods, exposure to the sun, and both hot and cold weather. Sometimes the wrong skin care products can bring on a siege of symptoms, as can strenuous exercise.
There is no single test for rosacea. However, the dermatologist examines the patient and orders tests that rule out other conditions that resemble rosacea such as an allergic reaction.
The type of treatment depends on the patient and how severe their symptoms are. Some patients benefit from avoiding their triggers, while others learn to stay out of direct sunlight or protect themselves from the sun when they have to be outside. Other patients turn to a skin care specialist to help them find products that can either calm down their condition or not make it worse. A doctor may prescribe antibiotics; these drugs not only combat bacteria but also calm inflammation. Some topical medications are used to narrow blood vessels beneath the skin or to reduce pustules and papules. Another option is microdermabrasion, which exfoliates the outer layers of the epidermis, making the skin smoother.
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