Rosacea is a common but chronic skin condition affecting about one in 10 people in the UK, predominantly aged between 40 to 60. It is caused by an increase in blood flow to the face. There is no cure for rosacea, and most rosacea-specific treatments are administered at the onset of the symptoms.
Symptoms can be at best irritating, and at worst quite painful. They include:
Red, patchy inflammation around the central area of the face – your nose, cheeks, and forehead.
Blood vessels appearing around the nose and cheeks.
Small, red, pustules.
Tender, hot skin.
Dry and irritated eyes.
Swollen, reddened eyelids.
Enlarged nose (this is particularly common in men).
What are the Causes of Rosacea?
There is no specific reason why rosacea is triggered in an individual, though it is more common in women than in men. Age is a factor, with the majority of those who suffer aged 30 and above.
Other than that, a combination of hereditary and environmental factors contributes to a potential outbreak. If you have a family history of rosacea, have fair skin, and a predilection for spicy foods, hot drinks, and alcohol, then you are more prone to developing rosacea in later life.
Stress and anxiety can also play a part – dealing with overwhelming and emotional situations can trigger rosacea.
What is the best treatment for rosacea?
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for rosacea. Alongside changes to your lifestyle, the best approach for rosacea is tobook a SkinAddict consultation to create a rosacea treatment plan and recommend the best products. There are a significant amount of products for rosacea on the market, and finding the best one for you can be a bit hit and miss, and expensive. Having someone to guide you through a specific programme will ensure that you have the best rosacea treatment possible.
Good skin care is your number one defence against the continuation and worsening of rosacea. Simple cleansers and moisturisers, and the application ofMedik8, a cream that helps tone down the redness and evens out skin tone.
Your symptoms may be quite mild, and there is a chance that the redness is not rosacea, but either a reaction to your current circumstances, an allergy, sun damage, or another condition altogether. You can consult a dermatologist, or check with your doctor for verification but, in the meantime, consider using a rosacea cream and reassess your lifestyle, eliminating stress and eating a healthier diet, until you have a definite diagnosis.
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