Rosacea is a serious skin disorder. Some people’s skin may tend to react, over-react or become oversensitive to several factors in the environment, including those which are generally deemed as harmless.

In turn, the immune system responds causing hyperactivity in the blood vessels which leads to flushing. This is accompanied with oversensitivity in the nerves, resulting in stinging and burning sensations.

Once experienced, Rosacea may exist all throughout a person’s lifetime. It may subside but it is never cured. It may appear for some as red and itchy, but it may develop further into a more severe condition characterized by enlarged oil glands, enlarged pores and thickening facial skin.

If facial redness occurs and persists for more than three weeks, fades away and recurs in a few months, then it would be wise to consult a dermatologist.

Finding the right information about rosacea treatment and symptoms is crucial to managing rosacea. Therefore we posted this short informative video from MainMD:

Risk Factors for Rosacea

Unfortunately, some individuals are genetically predisposed to this condition and statistics showed that 30% of individuals who have rosacea have another family member or relative who also has the condition.

The Four Subtypes of Rosacea

Subtype 1 – Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea

If facial redness is accompanied by visible small capillaries and flushing, it is referred to as subtype 1 of rosacea. This is the most common type of rosacea.

Skin redness is caused by the dilation of capillaries and broken blood vessels become apparent. Individuals who have this type of rosacea have  a reddish forehead, chin, nose and cheeks. Skin flakes and dryness are also observed in some areas of the face.

Subtype 2 – Papulopustular Rosacea

This type of rosacea appears to be acne-like and most usually affects women during middle age. These bumps and pimples are not restricted in one area but may scatter anywhere on the face and some may contain pus.

Subtype 3 – Phymatous Rosacea

This is a rare form of rosacea mainly characterized by a bulbous-looking nose due to the thickening of the skin. This type of rosacea usually affects men and is considered to be a sign of a more advanced type of rosacea.

Subtype 4 – Ocular Rosacea

This is a type of rosacea that affects the eye area. This occurs as a result of irritated facial skin that spreads to the areas around the eyes and results in itchy, red eyes. In this stage, the irritation causes the eyes to sting and if left untreated may lead to blindness.

Factors that Trigger Rosacea Flare-Ups

If you have been diagnosed with rosacea, an excess of any of the following have been known to cause a flare-up of the condition:

  • Strenuous exercise
  • Stress
  • Caffeine
  • Dairy products
  • Spicy foods
  • Sun exposure
  • Alcohol

Unfortunately, there is no known treatment for rosacea to date. Studies have been performed of course, yet even the best treatments prescribed by skin experts have only worked to control the condition, not totally eliminate it.

This is why experts focus on managing and controlling symptoms, and agree that the best thing to do is to avoid triggers that affect you, while making sure that a healthy overall lifestyle is maintained.

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