6 Facts About Rosacea
Allison Tsai | April 2, 2013
Rosacea is a long-term condition that affects the skin and, in some cases, the eyes. Although rosacea is not dangerous, it should be treated as soon as possible to improve appearance.
Rosacea often begins with blushing or flushing
People with rosacea will usually notice that they blush or flush more often or more easily than other people. Though the redness is usually on the face only, it can also spread to the ears, chest and back.
There are four types of rosacea
Because there are many signs and symptoms of rosacea, the condition has been split into four subtypes. Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea causes redness, flushing and visible blood vessels; Papulopustular rosacea can cause redness, swelling and acne breakouts; Phymatous rosacea causes the skin to thicken and become bumpy; and ocular rosacea can cause the eyes to be red, irritated, and swollen.
Rosacea can get worse if not treated
Over time, people with rosacea may find that they have permanent redness in the center of their face. If left untreated, rosacea can spread and become worse.
Fair-skinned women are most likely to get rosacea
Though anyone can get rosacea, people between 30 and 50 years of age, are fair-skinned or have Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry are most likely to get the condition. In addition, women are more likely than men to develop it, and your genes play a role.
Rosacea can flare
Everyday things can trigger a rosacea flare, but they vary from person to person. Some common triggers include sunlight, stress and many foods and beverages. Dermatologists recommend learning what triggers your rosacea so you can avoid those things.
Treatment depends on the type of rosacea
This is why seeing a dermatologist is so important. Once your doctor has figured out your signs and symptoms, he or she can start a treatment regimen. This can include a mix of topical medicine, sunscreen, emollients to repair the skin, laser and light treatments and antibiotics.