Rosacea is a skin condition that primarily appears on the face. It may be light red on the cheeks or be dark and thick on the nose and other areas of the face. The condition is usually characterized by flare-ups and remissions and commonly appears after the age of 30 on the nose, cheeks, chin or forehead. Less commonly, it may appear on the chest, neck, ears and scalp.
There are four subtypes of rosacea:
• Facial redness that looks like severe blushing that may include the appearance of blood vessels
• Pimples and bumps that accompany persistent facial redness
• Thick, red skin, usually around the nose, which makes it look larger
• Eye irritation with burning and stinging that makes the eyes bloodshot and watery
If not treated, rosacea tends to be more persistent and become darker with visible blood vessels. The nose may become dark red and swollen and the eyes even be watery.
Anyone may be affected by rosacea, but people with fair skin who tend to blush easily may be more at risk than others. Men often experience more severe symptoms than women, possibly because women seek treatment earlier in the course of the disorder, and men wait to get help until the condition has reached advanced stages.
The cause of rosacea is not known, and there is no cure. However, there are treatments that may control or even reverse the signs and symptoms. If you believe that you have the early signs of rosacea, we recommend you have a consultation with our specialist to get a diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
The signs that you may be developing rosacea are:
• Frequent flushing or blushing that causes mild redness to appear and disappear on your face. This is often the first symptom that the condition is developing.
• Persistent blushing or redness that does not go away and may seem like sunburn, but it does not heal.
• Pimples with pus and bumps start to appear. They may seem like acne, but there are no blackheads, and they are accompanied by stinging or burning sensation.
• Blood vessels start to appear on the skin, adding to the redness.
• Irritation on the eyelids accompanied by infection and bloodshot or watery eyes.
• Itching, burning and stinging on the face accompanied by a tight sensation in the skin, which may also appear dry.
• Plaques develop that are raised, red patches and do not affect the surrounding skin.
• Facial swelling may accompany any of the above symptoms.
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for rosacea. The symptoms vary from person to person and a customized treatment is required. If you believe that you have or are developing rosacea, it is better to get treatment at REJÚV esthetics as soon as possible before it develops into thick, dark red skin. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Poplar Bluff.