If you have persistent redness or flushing on your face, you might think it’s just dryness. But it could actually be something called rosacea.
The chronic skin condition is most common in people between the ages of 30 and 50, but what exactly causes it is still unknown. Although doctors say it’s more common in women, and can be triggered by things like stress, spicy foods, caffeine, wine and so forth.
While it is treatable, there is no actual cure for rosacea. Which means it’s very important to know how to spot the symptoms, so that you can make the lifestyle changes necessary to manage that redness as much as possible.
Rosacea comes in four different forms (and sometimes they overlap):
- Mild: Main symptoms include redness or flushing in the face (usually the affected skin is also extra sensitive). The redness will come and go at first, but will eventually remain more and more as time goes on
- Moderate: Red bumps appear on the face that resemble acne, which burn and sting
- Severe: In rare cases, rosacea will cause skin tissue to thicken, leading to bumps that will form all over the nose causing it to appear large and bumpy
- Ocular rosacea: This occurs when rosacea gets into the eye. Symptoms can include inflammation of the eyelids and bloodshot eyes
If you feel like you suffer from any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. Depending on what kind of rosacea you have, the treatments can vary dramatically. The red bumps and inflamed eyelids can be treated easily with antibiotics and creams. The bumps on the nose, however, require surgery. While redness or flushing in the face usually requires laser treatment.
Since April is rosacea awareness month, there’s no better time to get yourself informed. For more information, check out the video above.