Rosacea is a common chronic auto-inflammatory skin condition that causes red facial flushing and acne-like marks and bumps. Nearly 16 million Americans have rosacea but many of them aren’t even aware what the condition is. People often tend to attribute rosacea blushing and skin issues to sensitivity, allergies or rashes. Let’s take a closer look at rosacea so people can better identify it:
- The main symptoms of rosacea include: red or pink flushing of the facial skin (predominantly the nose and cheeks) from dilated blood vessels that show through the skin when aggravated, small bumps and cysts or rashes.
- The tiny red lines that appear on the faces of many rosacea sufferers are called telangiectasias. Telangiectasias are also a prominent feature of other types of skin conditions such as scleroderma.
- Rosacea cannot be cured but it can be easily managed with medications and creams such as antibiotics. Laser surgery may help in some cases.
- Other complications or characteristics of rosacea may include: an enlarged, bulbous nose, intermittent facial inflammation and eye problems such as conjunctivitis.
- Rosacea ‘flares’ are often brought about by certain triggers such as medications, temperature fluctuations, alcohol, certain foods (like strong spices) or stress.
- Famous people that have rosacea include former president Bill Clinton, Renee Zellweger and Prince William.
- Rosacea occurs in predominantly fair-skinned people. It strikes women more often, but men more severely. Rosacea can hit at any age but it most often surfaces between 30 and 50.
- Although it most often occurs as an independent condition, there have been correlations drawn between rosacea and various autoimmune disorders such as celiac disease, multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes. It has also shown links with such disease as heart disease, depression and high cholesterol.
That concludes our closer look at this widely misunderstood skin condition. Do you experience some of the symptoms listed above? Talk to a doctor today about the possibility of rosacea. Thanks for visiting EMC