Thursday, 11 October 2012

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is one of those skin  concerns that is a widespread yet poorly understood, chronic sensitive skin condition that mainly affects the face. It is a condition that most commonly affects fair skinned people
Between 2 to 5% of the population is affected by the condition. There is no cure for rosacea but a range of sensitive skin treatments are available that can help to control the symptoms of the condition. Rosacea affects twice as many women than men (although it tends to be more serious in men).

What are the symptoms?
Usually the first sign of rosacea is Flushing which Can last up to five minutes
It can spread to the neck and chest and may be linked with an unpleasant feeling of heat.
Flushing is sometimes followed by episodes of persistent facial redness, accompanied by broken veins (telangiectasias) that can become inflamed
In the most serious and developed cases of rosacea, the sensitive skin can thicken and form excess tissue, usually around the nose, due to enlargement of sebaceous glands.

  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Stress
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Hot or cold or windy weather
  • Hot drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Humidity
  • Hot bath
  • Caffeine
  • Certain food: vinegar, tomatoes, citrus, grapes, dairy products, aubergines, avocados, spinach, bananas…and chocolate!!
  • Acute medical conditions such as a cold, cough or fever
  • High blood pressure
  • Vasodilatory medicines etc…
Triggers that cause episodes of flushing and blushing play a part in the development of rosacea. Exposure to temperature extremes can cause the face to become flushed as well as strenuous exercise, heat from sunlight, severe sunburn, stress, anxiety, cold wind, and moving to a warm or hot environment from a cold one such as heated shops and offices during the winter. There are also some food and drinks that can trigger flushing, including alcohol,, food and beverages containing caffeine(especially, hot tea and coffee). Foods high in histamine (red wine, aged cheeses, yogurt, beer, cured pork products such as bacon, etc.) can even cause persistent facial flushing in those individuals without rosacea due to a separate condition, histamine intolerance.

Treating rosacea varies depending on severity and subtypes. A subtype-directed approach to treating rosacea patients is recommended to dermatologists.

Hope that is helpful  I have some posts coming up about amazing aid to help calm down rosacea so stay tuned!!

C-Ya soon xx

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