Do you have Rosacea?

 Pimples. We all get them. Clogged pores come and go, and they generally come at the most inopportune times. We find ourselves trying all the lotions and potions that promise clearer skin and fewer breakouts, but how often does it not work?

 

 There are times when the breakouts just won't quit. And there comes a time when we question whether it is simply acne or a more complex skin condition.


Are there other symptoms, alongside the pimples or acne that can point to a different skin condition? Have you inaccurately self-diagnosed acne when it could be Rosacea? Read on to see other common symptoms linked with the condition to see if you have been.

What is Rosacea?

A common skin disorder, known by causing redness on the face, primarily on the cheeks, chin, nose and forehead. It's commonly confused with pimples because it too can cause red bumps and pus-filled spots. The redness it causes can also be confused with blushing or flushing of the face. Unfortunately, the cause of this skin condition isn't known, but one theory is it is linked to the neurovascular system. Likewise, there is currently no cure for the disorder, but there are treatments for Rosacea available to reverse the side effects.

What are the Signs and Symptoms?

Be aware that the following signs and symptoms can vary from person to person, with some experiencing more than others at a time. 

The primary signs of this skin condition generally start with facial flushing that can come and go. Followed closely behind is a constant glow that can resemble sunburn. As already mentioned above, small, red pimples can become visible. They may be accompanied by a stinging type pain. The difference of these pimples to acne is that no blackheads are visible alongside them. Many people with this skin condition also have visible blood vessels on the surface of their skin.

Secondary symptoms begin to develop if the condition reminds undiagnosed. 

These signs include eye irritation. The appearance of the eye can become bloodshot and watery. Styes can appear, and in severe cases, if left untreated, corneal damage can occur alongside vision loss. Stinging or burning sensations on the face is another sign, alongside the feeling of tightness or itchiness. The skin can also develop dry patches, generally in the central region. The nose can also be affected by this skin condition, as excess skin tissue can develop due to thickness. This will cause the nose to take on a bulbous shape and is termed "Rhinophyma". Lastly, generalised swelling of the face can accompany other symptoms or be a stand-alone sign.

How Can I Prevent It?

Like many skin conditions, Rosacea is often triggered by lifestyle factors, such as your diet, as well as environmental factors, like the weather. The best way to prevent the symptoms is to identify the trigger that causes your flare-ups. Trying to stay away from the triggers can give you a better chance of maintaining remission.

The environmental factors that can bring on a flare-up include:

  • Hot or cold weather 

  • Sun or wind exposure

While the lifestyle factors I include more controllable items, such as:

  • Alcohol consumption, specifically red wine

  • Spicy foods, such as curry's 

  • Hot beverages and foodstuffs 

  • Heavy exercise 

  • Emotional stress


To Summarise

If this article has highlighted that you could have a skin disorder more serious than a breakout of spots, then it's advised that you speak to your doctor.

They'll ask about your past medical history and will undertake a thorough examination to determine if you have the skin condition or not. Treatment includes medications, generally oral or topical and worse case may involve surgical procedures to limit visible blood vessels or facial redness. 
 

 

 
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