Rosacea

What are Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition characterized by persistent redness or bumps on the face, cheeks, nose, or chin. Rosacea is most common among people with fair skin between the ages of 30 and 60. For reasons still unknown, rosacea is more prevalent among women but the condition can be more severe in men. It is a progressive skin disease in which the symptoms worsens over time and, though there is no known cure for rosacea, there are ways it can be treated.


What does Rosacea look like?

Rosacea often presents as a prominent redness of the cheeks, chin or nose, often giving the sufferer the appearance of having been out in the cold for an extended period of time. It can appear in a variety of forms.


What causes Rosacea?

While there is no clinically proven cause or spectrum of causes for rosacea, consuming certain foods and liquids may cause the unwanted symptoms to flare. Exposure to extreme hot or cold or stress may trigger rosacea symptoms. Scientists suspect rosacea may be the result of a vascular disorder or a microscopic mite known as demodex folliculorum commonly found in the skin. Certain bacteria may also increase gastrin levels which may stimulate skin flushing. Family history may also play a role.


What are common treatment options?

  • Topical antibiotics (cream and gels)
  • Topical anti-inflammatory creams and gels
  • Oral antibiotics that target inflammation
  • Creams that temporarily constrict superficial blood vessels

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