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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.⁠

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