Rosacea is a common skin condition that can result in the redness & visibility of blood vessels on the skin of the face. Some of these symptoms are akin to those that occur with acne, & this can result in rosacea often being misdiagnosed as acne. In extreme cases, rosacea can also cause small, red bumps on the skin.
- Facial redness: Redness & visibility of small blood vessels usually occurs on the face, around the nose & cheeks.
- Swollen red bumps: Small red bumps that look like pimples & may contain pus. They also cause the skin to feel hot & tender.
- Eye problems: Discomfort in the eyes due to irritation, dryness, & the swelling & reddening of eyelids.
- Enlarged nose: Sometimes an outbreak of rosacea can thicken the skin on the nose.
Having a family history of rosacea increases a person’s chances of developing the condition with age. Although the contraction of rosacea cannot be prevented, there are certain changes that a person can undertake in order to prevent the frequent flare up of the condition.
Some of these changes include:
- Staying protected from the sun: Applying a sunscreen with a high SPF, wearing a wide brimmed hat, & avoiding the afternoon sun wherever possible.
- Controlling stress: Stress can be a trigger for rosacea flare up’s in some people. Take deep breaths, meditate & do yoga for a clearer skin.
- By taking cool showers, not wearing clothes that are too tight, & staying away from indoor heat sources.
- Avoid Hot beverages, they can cause an exacerbation of rosacea, & simply replace them with cold beverages.
Rosacea can occur in both men or women, depending on their sensitivity to the triggers. Research has shown that the most common demographic that suffers with Rosacea are middle-aged women with fair skin. There is no treatment or medication that completely cures rosacea. But, it can be managed with lifestyle modifications, & the avoidance of triggers. Some of the most common lifestyle & environmental triggers include: Exposure to the sun, physical & mental stress, hot drinks, alcohol, & certain skin care products.
The primary form of treatment for the prevention of rosacea flare ups include the use of medications that reduce redness in the skin, oral antibiotics, Isotretinoin, & in some cases even laser therapy.
Dr. Amany A. Morshed
MBBS, Masters in Dermatology and Venereology
Specialist Cosmetic Dermatologist at Aster Clinic, Arabian Ranches and Aster Beauty Clinic, Al Warqa
Address: Aster Clinic: Arabian Ranches, The Ranches Souk, 1st Floor Emaar Mall - Dubai | Aster Beauty Clinic: Al Warqa - Dubai