The truth about Rocasea

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The truth about RosaceaWhat is rosacea?

Rosacea (pronounced roh-zay-sha) is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that primarily affects the face. Rosacea causes one’s face to turn red and may cause swelling and ultimately skin sores.

The causes

Although there is no known cause the following factors are said to contribute:
• Light skin colour. A much higher percentage of people with fair skin develop rosacea.
• Abnormalities in facial blood vessels. This causes the skin to look flushed, red and inflamed.
• Family Genes. People with rosacea usually have family members with the same condition.
• Certain triggers. Some triggers, such as caffeine, spicy products, sunlight and stress, may aggravate the condition, causing increased blood flow to the surface of the skin.
• Age. If you are between the ages of 30 and 50 you are more likely to be affected.

Signs and symptoms

The signs and symptoms will vary from person to person depending on the severity of the rosacea. The main symptom is redness that appears on the face, (although it can spread down to the neck and chest area), but you might experience the following:
• Small blood vessels appearing on the face
• Pimples or inflammation around the face
• Red, irritated and watery eyes
• A stinging sensation on the face

Treatment

Unfortunately, rosacea seldom clears up on its own. It also tends to worsen over time if left untreated. Depending on the severity of your condition, there are various medical treatments and options available help relieve the signs and symptoms. This often requires a few lifestyle changes and some prescription medication.

You may need to change your face wash and moisturiser (your dermatologist will advise you on what you should use). You will often need to combine topical medication such as a gel, lotion or cream with oral medication. A common oral medication used is tetracycline – but your doctor or dermatologist will advise you on any medication.

Make-up is a great way to cover up rosacea. Find a foundation that truly acts as a second skin, making sure it matches your skin tone. This will look very natural and will cover up the redness as much as possible. Remember to clean and moisturise your face every night before going to bed – you don’t want to cause any more aggravation.

In severe cases of rocasea there are other options such as laser and surgery which will help to reduce some of the redness and visibility of the blood vessels.

Remember to always consult a dermatologist for the best advice.

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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or BeautySouthAfrica.com, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. Salwa Thomas

    I just fine out of my rosacea I got the stinging sensation ,redness and pimples and I don’t have a very light skin

    2 years ago •

  1. Hess

    I’m still struggling with pimples.

    4 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I do suffer from redness but don’t think its this bad though

    5 years ago •

  1. Lah

    My sister has this very lightly, interesting article!

    5 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    This is really a informative article

    5 years ago •

  1. Ra’eesa

    I may have Rocasea :I
    Need to go to a dermatologist.
    Thanks for the info

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    This is very interesting – I was wandering how some people get veins on their face – Always thought it was from drinking too much :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Des

    Not too sure how to differentiate between this and acne!

    5 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    wow never knew what it was called! always just thought it was severe acne

    5 years ago •

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