Rosacea

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Rosacea

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a common, chronic skin disorder affecting the central face. It is an episodic and variable condition but classically presents as acne-like bumps (papules and pustules), red or pink patches with broken capillaries.

The symptom initially noticed is blushing (facial flushing) which becomes more frequent and eventually leads to persistent facial redness which fluctuates in intensity. Small blood vessels dilate and become visible as telangiectasia (broken blood vessels) and the continual or episodic blushing may promote inflammation, causing red bumps to appear which can resemble teenage acne. The cheeks, chin and nose are most commonly affected. Rosacea is more common in women and typically presents between the ages of 30 to 50.

What causes it?

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown. There could be a combination of factors involved including hereditary (genetic), environmental, vascular and inflammatory factors as well as reaction to the demodex mite (microscopic mite that lives on human skin, commonly called ‘eyelash mite’).

A number of factors can trigger or aggravate rosacea by dilating blood vessels and therefore increasing blood flow to the surface of the skin. These include:

    • Hot food or beverages
    • Spicy foods
    • Alcohol
    • Temperature extremes
    • Sunlight
    • Stress, anger or embarrassment
    • Strenuous exercise
    • Hot baths or saunas
    • Oral and topical corticosteroids
    • Drugs that dilate blood vessels such as blood pressure medications
    • Inappropriate use of skin care products such as facial creams and oils.

Book a consultation with one of our Doctors at epiclinic® to discuss treatment for rosacea.