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What is Rosacea Skin Disorder?

Jul 20, 2008
Rosacea is a skin disorder that is often mistaken for severe acne or a sign of alcoholism. Some doctors believe it is a vascular problem at core. For people who have this disorder, it is very challenging. It is a chronic medical condition with no cure at this point. The symptoms are very real and can cause emotional pain and can be quite physically painful as well. However, many times the symptoms of rosacea can be managed.

What are the symptoms of rosacea? Experiencing some or all of these symptoms should really be checked out by a doctor. 1) Red or inflamed areas on the cheeks, forehead, nose, or chin 2) Visible blood vessels in the facial area or "spider veins" 3) Acne or bumpy areas on the face (that are not really acne) 4) Severe flushing that doesn't return to normal like it should 5) Watery eyes or irritated eyes sometimes 6) Facial burning sensation, sometimes very intense 7) Swelling of facial areas 8) Over time, the nose may appear extremely red and bulbous, especially in older men, also known as rhinophyma 9) Sometimes rosacea appears on the chest, scalp, ears, or neck

The cause of rosacea is not known, but many doctors feel the root is a vascular problem. It seems to show up in both women and men sometime between 20 and 40 years of age. Sometimes menopause in women seem to be a trigger for it's onset, due to "hot flashes" associated with menopause.

How can you cope with rosacea? First and foremost, see a dermatologist who has helped others with this skin disorder. If he prescribes a medication, give it a try and see if your symptoms improve. Rosacea can go into remission if you are careful to adhere to the plan recommended by your doctor. Along with medication, there are several lifestyle changes that can be made to ensure that the breakouts of rosacea won't occur as often. Limit your exposure to sun and wind. Try to keep stress levels at a minimum by adopting a healthy lifestyle and spending quiet time each day. Alcohol in large quantities should be avoided. If you enjoy a bath, use warm water instead of really hot water. Exercise is not off limits, but try low-impact forms of exercise in place of high impact ones. Try to exercise in cooler weather. Hot weather will exacerbate rosacea symptoms.

Some people with rosacea have tried and claim some relief with creams containing green tea, Chrysanthellum Indicum, Niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3), or Azelaic Acid have been reported to reduce the appearance of blood vessels and red capillaries.

Sometimes hot beverages like coffee, hot cocoa and the like, as well as hot and spicy foods can trigger a reaction and worsen symptoms. If you notice this be sure to avoid these triggers.

Makeup is okay, but make sure to wash your face thoroughly at the end of the day with a non-abrasive cleanser. Use warm, (not hot), water to rinse your skin. I have found natural mineral makeup to work well for me personally.

Men should use an electric razor rather than a blade to shave each morning. Follow up with a fragrance-free moisturizer.

Rosacea can be a debilitating skin disorder. However, if it is managed properly, it doesn't have to rob you of a fulfilled and wonderful life.
About the Author
By Rachel V. Rae As a cosmetologist who developed rosacea personally, she shares to encourage others and well as share beauty tips, and makeup advice to assist others adapt with this and other beauty concerns.
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