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How do you Treat Rosacea?

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Rosacea, also referred to as acne Rosacea, is a skin problem that causes lumps and redness typically appearing on the nose and face. It is easily noticed by increased visibility of blood vessels in affected areas, as well as enlargement of the nose and looks misshapen.

Rosacea Treatment

Rosacea is common among fair-skinned adults between the ages of 30 and 50, though it can also affect a wider bracket, including young adults and those in their 70s and 80s. It’s believed that this skin condition mostly affects those people who blush or flush more often than the average person.

Common Causes of Rosacea

The causes of Rosacea are not well understood, which is why people find it so hard to prevent. Dermatologists believe that Rosacea is not a bacterial infection, though it is caused by some form of skin irritation that affects those with fair skin and blush easily. The condition is also believed to be hereditary.

There are certain things that worsen Rosacea, or cause the condition to flare, such as alcohol, spicy foods, stress, hot baths, exercise, and extreme environmental factors including hot weather, solar and wind exposure. Flares can also be caused by exposure alternating spells of hot and cold temperature.

How to Detect Rosacea

Health care providers usually diagnose the condition by looking at your skin, though a skin biopsy may be necessary in unusual cases. The symptoms of Rosacea vary from person to person depending on the severity of the condition, though you would expect so see:

  • Redness–Rosacea causes the skin to flush, and you would likely appear to have a mild sunburn or rosy cheeks
  • Pimples – Progressive flushing (blood rushing to the face) causes the skin to become sensitive, and red bumps or pus bumps begin to appear
  • Swollen nose with small bumps–Scientifically referred to as rhinophyma, this condition is common among men during the advanced stages of Rosacea

Rosacea Treatment

There is no Rosacea cure yet, but it can be managed satisfactorily with medical laser treatments. This technology employs infrared (heat) energy to shrink inflammations, fade vascular conditions, and reduce discomfort. During the treatment, a skilled professional places a laser directly over the vascular area so that it touches the affected area, so it transfers a heating energy to the epidermis.

While the condition is manageable, it is best to prevent it by avoiding things that make you flush. You should also consider washing your face with mild soap or cleanser twice a day, using a non-alcoholic based sunscreen whenever you plan to be outdoors on sunny days, and use oil-free makeup.

Sources

http://mydoctor.kaiserpermanente.org/ncal/Images/Rosacea_tcm75-368267.pdf

http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/student/health/pdf/R-S/Rosacea.pdf

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/Rosacea-topic-overview

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