What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes red patches on the skin and increased appearance of blood vessels. This is due to increased blood flow to the surface of the skin. It is more common in fair skinned women between the ages of 35 and 50 years of age. It can appear more frequently in people with a family history of rosacea. It occurs most commonly on the face around the nose and cheeks and can be red and irritated, causing some pain and itchiness as well as small red or white bumps. It can occur on or around the eyes as well leaving the eyes dry, irritated and in some cases swollen. It may just started as blushing easily and then can deepen in redness as the blood vessels swell and dilate.
There are various things that can trigger Rosacea such as age, sunlight, hormonal changes, stress, extreme weather conditions, alcohol and spicy food. The main cause of Rosacea can be genetics or environmental factors but it is often not known.
Rosacea can be prevented by avoiding these triggers, especially sunlight and extreme stress and weather conditions. It is also advised to avoid anything that can irritate the skin, strong chemical products or pore clogging cosmetics and any excessive, harsh rubbing on the skin. Medication can be prescribed for Rosacea or you can see a skin specialist for an advised course of treatment. Treatment for Rosacea often starts gentle so as not to further aggravate the skin. Laser treatments can help with broken veins.