Rosacea is a skin condition that can affect anyone.
Often misspelled as rosecea, rosacea is a chronic condition of the skin that typically occurs on the forehead, chin, and nose. In some cases, people do experience symptoms on their backs, necks arms, and legs. It is obvious by redness of the face, flushing of the skin, and the presence of hard bumps or pus-filled bumps and visible spidery veins called telangiectasias. Rosacea causes reddening, lesions, causes blood vessels to break, and brings capillaries to surface of the skin, making them visible. The redness typically appears in butterfly like patterns. The condition worsens and improves from time to time, in cycles that are unpredictable. We still do not know the exact cause of rosacea.
Rosacea can appear in a person of any race, sex, and age, though occurs most in people age 30 to 50. Men seem to be affected more severely than women, but women seem to be affected in greater numbers. It is estimated that rosacea affects around 14 million Americans alone. This condition has been shown to be hereditary. In the more extreme stages of the rosacea, the face may swell and the nose may look enlarged, this is called rhinophyma.
During the early onset of rosacea, people characteristically experience episodes of bright red flushing. Afterward, areas of the face are persistently red. Redness appears on the cheeks, nose and chin as well as small inflamed pimples. Eventually, the skin may look chapped and raw.
Symptoms of Rosacea
- Skin appears dry
- Elevated red patches, typically in butterfly patterns
- Pimples, bumps, and lesions on the red patches
- Visible capillaries and blood vessels
- Fluid underneath the skin
- Thickening of the skin
- Burning or stinging feeling in the skin
- Itching and redness in the eyes
Some rosacea suffers may experience symptoms connected with their eyes. This is called ocular rosacea, and is often misdiagnosed. In most cases this condition doesn’t harm sight. Broken vessels may appear around the eyelid, the eyelids may be continually irritated and small lumps may develop. Persistent red-eye may occur. The cornea of the eye, can also be affected, and in some cases vision can be affected this may be treated by eye drops, or surgically in more extreme cases.
There is no known cause of rosacea and no specific test for the disease. It is believed that it is caused by a microbe of some sort under the skin, yet others feel it is some sort of vascular disorder. Other beliefs as to what causes rosacea are other vascular problems, environment, and even the same microorganism that causes stomach ulcers. Whatever the cause, those suffering with this condition want to know how to treat it.
Following the basic acne skin care routine is a good start for dealing with rosacea. Plastic surgery is one of most successful treatments for rosacea and the most costly. Plastic surgery is not like taking an eraser to a drawing and erasing the redness. Some deformities of rosacea can be improved with plastic surgery. For some problems there is no reasonable plastic surgery. There are many possible options that would need to be evaluated during a consultation with a surgeon, if there is a plastic surgical option, would depend on what needed to be done. Most require removing the outer layers of the thickened tissue.
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Some people have not been pleased with the laser treatment for the more severe versions of this condition. The laser is good for a mild amount of redundant skin under the eyes. "Bags under the eyes" usually means there is a major amount of extra skin under the eyes. Surgery redraping the muscles and extra skin is often the better form of treatment for major skin / muscle remodeling - not laser.
Most people have much better experience with holistic type treatments, such as the one we recommend, the Acne no More system. It is much cheaper than these costly surgical procedures, and many people have reported great results clearing up rosacea with this system. If you have been looking for an answer for this disease, we recommend trying out this system.
In the past, this condition was referred to as acne rosacea. The resemblance of rosacea to acne led people to inaccurately call the disease acne rosacea. Pimples and lesions are usually present in the rosacea affected area, and most people assumed this was just a worse type of acne. While pimples and zits are common in people with rosacea, blackheads are typically never present. Likewise, spidery veins are typically not present on those who suffer from acne.
Some other commonly mistaken conditions for rosacea include systemic lupus and perioral dermatitis.
A lot of the acne medications can actually make rosacea worse. Luckily, doctors today now can tell the difference between acne and rosacea, and treating acne rosacea is fairly straight forward. Make sure you know from sure what condition you have before taking any medications, and beware of the side effects in acne medications.
Types of Rosacea
- Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea – identified by flushing and redness
- Papulopustular Rosacea – identified by redness with pimples and pustules
- Phymatous Rosacea – identified by the thickening of the skin
- Ocular Rosacea – identified by redness and itching of the eyes
Regardless of what type of rosacea you have, know there are cures for rosacea. You do not have to suffer with this condition.