Typically developed in adults ages thirty and fifty, rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that affects both men and women. Oftentimes, rosacea is mistaken for acne, eczema, or another form of skin allergy. However, if left untreated, the condition worsens over time. Although the condition affects all descents, it is more predominant amongst fair-skinned individuals of European ancestry. Despite that there is no cure for rosacea, there are many treatments which can relieve symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms
Many of the apparent signs associated with rosacea may include the following:
● Frequent flushing that can spread throughout the face
● Persistent redness
● Inflammatory rosacea – small spots, tiny red pustules, and papules appear on the face
● Inflamed blood vessels – small blood vessels become visible
● Rhinophyma – thickening and enlarging facial skin that occurs on the nose. Although it is a very rare symptom, it affects more men than women
● Ocular rosacea – conjunctivitis, gritty sensation, and eye irritation may occur.
● Facial swelling due to the accumulation of excess fluid
Although experts are not able to pinpoint the exact underlying cause of rosacea, there are a handful of theories that lead to the potential cause:
● Abnormalities in facial blood vessels
● A skin mite that blocks oil glands
● H. pylori bacteria
● Family history
● Physical and psychological stimuli such as sunlight, spicy food, weather concerns, et cetera.
When treating rosacea, a collaboration of medications and lifestyle changes gives a positive result on the patient. Topical medications, oral antibiotics, accutane, and blephamide are one of the common treatments. For patients with visible blood vessels, laser treatment is also one of the solutions of relieving the symptoms since the heat penetrates the treatment area, causing the reduction of the vessels. At Light Touch, we offer a service that tackles skin concerns including rosacea without downtime and minimal pain. If you would like to learn more about our treatment service, please visit here for more details.