April marks Rosacea Awareness Month, and the National Rosacea Society is continuing to spread awareness and educate the public on the current understanding of the complex skin condition.
Rosacea is a chronic disorder of the facial skin, often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. The standard classification of rosacea by phenotypes includes the presence of persistent facial erythema, also known as redness, or phymatous changes where the facial skin thickens. Other major signs include bumps, pimples, flushing, telangiectasia, and certain ocular manifestations. Secondary signs range from burning of the skin to dry appearance.
Symptoms to look for:
Red patches on the face, especially on the central part of the face
Visible facial blood vessels, particularly on the nose and cheeks
Small, red, pus- filled bumps
Tender and hot feeling of the skin
Irritation and dryness in the eyes
Swollen and reddened eyelids
Enlarged nose, often noted in men
There is no cure for rosacea. Treatment options aim at reducing the signs and symptoms. The duration of treatment depends on the type and severity of symptoms. Recurrence is usually reported. If you suffer from Rosacea, try some of these self care tips to ease the symptoms associated with the skin condition.
Avoid triggers that could flare- up or worsen symptoms.
Use sunscreens or scarf to protect your face.
Do not rub or scratch your skin.
Avoid alcohol and tobacco.
Avoid spicy foods.