WHAT IS ROSACEA?
Rosacea is a long-term skin condition characterized typically by redness usually to the center of the face around the cheeks on both sides of the nose. It cannot be cured, and treatment is aimed at controlling the symptoms which could include redness, bumps, burning, stinging, dryness and or scaling of the skin. It is usually brought to the provider’s attention due to the patient’s concern over their physical appearance.
HOW DOES ROSACEA OCCUR?
Rosacea can occur due to ultraviolet exposure, genetic factors as well as flushing which can be triggered by factors such as alcohol use, sunlight exposure, extreme temperature, spicy food, and exercise. Also, harsh skin care products could exacerbate rosacea. A saprophytic mite, Demodex folliculorum, as well as various bacteria are proposed stimulators for the skin inflammation in rosacea.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT FOR YOU?
If you are concerned about rosacea, contact your health care provider for evaluation so you can be advised about how best it can be treated if that is the case. Depending on the severity of rosacea, it can be managed with either topical or oral medications which are usually prescribed by a health care provider.
Remember to ensure that you are using sun protection, wash your skin at least once daily and ensure you are using a good moisturizer and appropriate gentle skin care products for your skin as well as avoid using harsh clothes or sponges to wash your face.