If you have noticed red blotches on your face, you may be developing a skin condition called Rosacea. Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness on the face, and sometimes slight swelling.
Rosacea may begin as a tendency to flush or blush easily and progress to persistent redness in the centre of the face that gradually spreads over the cheeks, forehead, chin and sometimes even the eyes. As the disease progresses, small dilated blood vessels known as ‘telangectasia’ and tiny pimples may appear on and around the reddened area but unlike acne, there are no blackheads or whiteheads.
In its early stages, rosacea may come and go on its own. However, as the condition worsens you may find that the skin takes much longer to return to it’s normal colour. Other symptoms associated with rosacea such as pimples and enlarged blood vessels may also be more regularly visible.
The symptoms can be painful or itchy, and in some cases there may be a burning feeling over the affected skin and the nose in particular can become very painful. The symptoms can be distressing for sufferers and they can feel self conscious because of their red-faced appearance. The condition is chronic and will worsen in time. The rate of worsening is dependant on patient exposure to the causative agents. This varies from patient to patient.
What Triggers Rosacea?
- As sunlight is thought to make rosacea symptoms worse in some patients, protection from the sun with the use of an effective sun cream on the face with a minimum 15 SPF and UVA protection is advised.
- You should avoid using any abrasive or steroid creams (unless specifically advised by a Doctor or dermatologist)
- Review any medication you may be on as drugs that dilate the blood vessels can in some cases worsen rosacea
- You may noticed some foods trigger your skin condition, develop a rosacea diet so that you may control and reduce the number and severity of flareup.
- Women may find that certain cosmetic and facial products cause a flare up of their rosacea symptoms and may need to find alternative hypoallergenic products that suit them through trial and error.
- An occasional embarrassment or a tense moment may trigger flushing
- Wind and cold exposure
- Going from a cold to a warm environment may make redness and flushing worse