Rosacea Causes & Treatments


Rosacea is a condition of the skin in which the skin turns red very easily, known as flushing. It is similar to acne and is often confused with acne, but it has a different source and treatment. Even though rosacea causes acne-like pimples and pustules, the actual disorder is vascular, or blood vessel-related. It often involve the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. 

Rosacea often affects persons between ages thirty and fifty and is most common in fair-skinned individuals. Rosacea may first appear as chronically red cheeks, or a chronically red nose. A client may notice reddening of the face when drinking wine or alcohol or eating spicy foods. Rosacea can also be exacerbated by sunlight, hot drinks, extremes of hot and cold temperature, and emotional stress.

Symptoms of Rosacea

Diffuse redness and distended capilla- ries, usually on cheeks, nose, chin or forehead.

Patches of redness in the cheek area, often accompanied by enlarged pore appearance.

Face turns red easily or redness after ingesting wine, other alcoholic bever- ages or spicy foods.

Flares of large, red and bumpy-looking papules and pustules in the cheeks, nose and chin.

Flares easily occur after exercising, which is caused by heat and increased blood flow to the face.

The skin may appear red, thick or swollen in the nose and cheeks, especially if is very dehydrated and flaking.

Treatment of Rosacea

No cure is known for rosacea, but it can be managed and kept under control. Dermatologist’s help may be required.

The medical therapy of rosacea includes oral and topical antibiotics.

Metronidazole, commercially known as MetroGel®, MetroCream® or Noritate®, an anti-yeast prescription medication is said to control rosacea and decrease inflammation. Flares may substantially reduce when it is used regularly.

Get an esthetician to help choosing products that will not cause stimulated blood flow, will treat the skin very gently, are non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic, prevent clogged pores or irritation.

Alpha hydroxy acids may work well on most people with rosacea. Make sure they are not over-used and do not have a pH lower than 3.5. Beware of overly acidic product which may cause irritation.

No doubt, topical or oral therapies may resolve the acnelike component of rosacea, however, they do not remove the redness or reduce the appearance of dilated blood vessels associated with rosacea.

However, vascular lasers and intense pulsed light source can successfully address the dilated blood vessels. They are successful in improving the appearance of redness in rosacea.

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