What Is Rosacea, and How Do You Treat it?
The lovely @Victoria.glowday asked me to create a short blog on the common, but often misunderstood skin condition, Rosacea.
Below is the first part of the @_glowday post. For the full article click the link below ⬇️
𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙖𝙘𝙚𝙖?
Rosacea (roe-ZAY-she-uh) is a common, long-term (chronic) inflammatory skin condition mainly affecting the centre of the face. It often starts between the ages of 30 and 60 years old.
Rosacea causes redness and visible blood vessels in the skin, as well as small, red pus-filled bumps. These bumps can get worse over weeks or months, and then improve and disappear for some time. Rosacea is often mistaken for acne or other skin care problems.
𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙖𝙘𝙚𝙖?
Typically, the first appearance of rosacea is a redness across the cheeks, forehead and nose. However, in skin of colour, this early sign may be less obvious.
Patients often describe a burning or stinging sensation when using water or certain skincare products. They may have dry, swollen skin with patches of dusky brown discolouration and acne-like breakouts resistant to typical acne treatment.
𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙨 𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙖𝙘𝙚𝙖?
There is no clear cause of rosacea, however there are several theories of the cause, including genetic factors, environmental, blood vessel disorders and inflammatory conditions.
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗶𝘀 𝗿𝗼𝘀𝗮𝗰𝗲𝗮 𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗱?
If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, it’s important to find out if you have rosacea. Often a clinician can make a diagnosis of rosacea by an examination alone. However, in cases of uncertainty, a small tissue sample can be taken as a biopsy to confirm the condition.
𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙚𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙙𝙤𝙘𝙩𝙤𝙧 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙖𝙘𝙚𝙖
Skincare is a fundamental in helping to manage rosacea. However, if you’re yet to have a diagnosis with your skin, or your current regime isn’t working, it is important to see your doctor or dermatologist for further investigations and treatments to get things back under control.