What is rosacea?

What is rosacea

Rosacea (another name – acne rosacea) is a chronic skin disease, the main characteristic of which are redness of the skin and the formation of papules, pustules and face breakouts. Approximately half of the cases of rosacea is accompanied by a lesion of the eyes.

Risk factors for developing rosacea are:

  • gastrointestinal disease (often gastritis)
  • disruptions of the endocrine system (ovarian failure, menopausal syndrome, diabetes, and others)
  • immunodeficiency

It is believed that such factors as being inside hot or cold premises, the wind, the hot food and beverages, alcohol, spicy and savory food, prolonged sun exposure, stress, and anxiety aggravate the outbursts of rosacea.

The main symptoms of rosacea are:

  • Persistent redness of the face. Most often the signs of rosacea appear in the center of the face (forehead, nose, chin and cheeks). Redness may extend to chest and back.
  • Face breakout. In the beginning, the small red bumps (domed papules) are formed in the red skin area, which will eventually turn into pustules (pustules, pimples, blackheads).
  • The skin of the red areas become thick. This symptom develops on the late-stage of the disease.
  • The blood vessels are red and widened and can be visible near the surface of the skin (telangiectasia).
  • Rhinophyma. The symptoms are persistent redness and thickening skin on the nose. This condition is more common in men than in women.
  • Ocular rosacea. It occurs in about half of cases. Affected eyes may appear red, may feel dry, irritated, or gritty, foreign body sensations, watery.

There are sensations of itching, burning, skin tightening.

There are complex classifications and algorithms to identify forms, stages, and severity of rosacea and, based on the symptoms of the disease. Rosacea does not go away on its own with time, but its symptoms can appear and then disappear for a while.

It is worth considering consult a dermatologist if your face easily or very often blush or you notice a severe redness when you drink hot beverages, consume spicy foods and alcohol, or during very cold or very hot weather. As well as if you all over sudden become very sensitive to hairspray, soap or cosmetics for face care. Remember that these signs indicate the first symptoms of a progressing chronic disease which require proper and timely attention.

How to diagnose of rosacea?

In many cases, simple visual inspection by a trained health care professional is sufficient for diagnosis.

In other forms of the disease, the study of the microflora of skin and vascular condition may be required. Some blood tests help to distinguish rosacea from similar skin diseases in women.

What to do if you have rosacea?

Rosacea can progress and get to a more severe stage, which are difficult to treat: such as very bad vessels widening (telangiectasia) and rhinophyma. Therefore, the appearance of red acne is the reason for immediate treatment by a dermatologist.

Timely diagnosis can not only save you from the current manifestations of rosacea but also prevent disease progression. Therapy for the treatment of rosacea is not curative, but in 87% of cases, it is possible to control the appearance of acne (according to the National Rosacea Society, USA, surveyed more than 1000 patients).

Rosacea Treatment

Rosacea Treatment may be local or general. Local therapy includes an application of various ointments and creams. The miracle cream that will help to get rid of rosacea quickly does not exist; in most cases, only multiobjective therapy works.

Oral antibiotics are used to treat the primary forms of rosacea. The doctor should prescribe the antibiotics due to the complexity of the medicines selection and the safety of the patient.

Rosacea – a chronic disease, which does not go away quickly. At Face Boutique by Irina I use a combination of rosacea treatment methods, choosing the means depending on the form, stage, and condition of the disease.

I recommend to my clients to approach the treatment of rosacea from different aspects, first, consult a dermatologist and follow his recommendations, and in parallel to undergo a set of cosmetic facial procedures in my salon. Those measures allow, on the one hand, to control the disease, and on the other – to considerably reduce the symptoms and restore the skin of the affected area.

Rosacea preventive measures:

To protect against rosacea, the dermatologists recommend to protect the skin of the face and avoid its irritation, prolonged sun exposure, overheating or overcooling. Avoid hot beverages, spices, alcohol. Use proper home care products that do not contain alcohol and other irritants. Avoid contact with hair sprays on your face.

Face Boutique by Irina is not a “clinic of one method”, and even less of one drug or one procedure. The secret of my program is in an individual approach and mutual trust. Those factors enable high efficiency throughout the entire course of treatment, reduces its terms, eliminating the extra effort and expense.

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