ROSACEA is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that manifests most commonly as skin sensitivity associated with flushing and bumps. Often misdiagnosed as eczema, left untreated, the worse it can become. Rosacea is not caused by poor hygiene and it is not contagious.
Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea:
- Tiny, swollen bumps. Many people also develop pimples on their face that resemble acne. These bumps may contain pus.
- Exaggerated facial blood vessels.
- Facial flushing.
- Burning sensation. The skin on the affected area may feel hot and tender.
- Enlarged nose. Over time rosacea can thicken the skin on the nose causing it to appear bulbous. This occurs more often in males.
- Chronic eye problems ranging from dry eyes to swollen, crusty eyelids, as well as irritation and redness, often mistaken for allergy symptoms.
- Persistent blushing or flushing in the central part of your face.
- Visible veins. Small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks break and become visible (spider Veins)
Anything that causes your rosacea to “flare” is called a “trigger.” Triggers differ from person to person, so it is important for you to recognize them.
Common Triggers for Rosacea:
- Alcohol (especially red wine)
- Some skincare and hair products
- Some makeup
- Wind and cold (windburn)
- Some medication
Treatment for Rosacea focuses on controlling signs and symptoms. Most often this requires a combination of appropriate skincare, treatments, and medications.
Apply sunscreen liberally every day. Before going outdoors use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, which blocks both UVA and UVB Rays. Sunscreen should be applied after you have applied any topical medication you are using and before applying cosmetics.
Take extra steps to protect your skin from the sun by wearing a hat. In cold, windy weather wear a scarf or ski mask to protect your face.
Choose fragrance-free products and avoid those that contain skin irritants such as alcohol, camphor, and menthol, to name a few.
Some makeup products and techniques may help reduce the appearance of skin flushing.
To learn more about products and treatments to address rosacea, visit Kiki Skin and Body Spa or call 978-475-5454 for a consultation/appointment. Your skin will feel and look soothed and healthy.