When we see someone with pinkish cheeks, we usually think that person is very healthy and active. The pinkish glow of health is one thing. Rosacea pronounced as ro-ZAY-shuh is something else. Let’s take a look at what it really is.
What Is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin disease. It affects the skin on the face, and sometimes the eyes. Occasionally it can also appear on the chest, neck, ears and scalp.
There is redness, pimples, and sometimes it can worsen if not treated. Skin becomes thicker, particularly in the nose area (called rhynophyma), and there is a chance of vision loss if the eyes are affected. It can die down and then flare up again repeatedly.
It usually appears around the age of 30.
What Causes Rosacea?
There is no definite cause for it yet as of now. Doctors say however that it can be triggered by certain foods like shellfish and cayenne pepper, alcohol, emotional stress, and too much sun.
The problem is many people do not see a doctor immediately, and assume that they are simply quite sensitive to heat and blush easily.
There is no cure for rosacea at this time, however with treatment, the symptoms can be reversed or controlled. It is best to see a dermatologist immediately once you suspect that you have rosacea.
What Are The Symptoms?
Just as we are all individuals, the symptoms that may appear can vary from person to person. It may be only a few, but not all that can appear.
- Redness – redness in the face is the most common sign of rosacea. It may look like sunburn or a blush, but it doesn’t stop.
- Flushing – you frequently blush or flush. It may appear and reappear.
- Pimples – small pinkish red dots or pimples with pus pop out. They look like acne, but there are no blackheads. They may be painful, with a stinging or burning sensation
- Blood Vessels Appear – small blood vessels may appear on the surface of the skin.
- Stinging or Burning Sensation – it may start with an itch, and you will feel your skin tightening. The sensation of burning or stinging may occur.
- Dry Skin – the skin particularly on the center of the face may become very dry and rough.
- Thickening Skin – enlargement and thickening of the skin tissue may develop. Such is the case of the bulb-like nose, called rhynophoma. This affects men more than women.
- Swelling – edema or swelling may develop on the face.
- Plaques – red splotches that are raised may appear, but no changes occur in other areas.
- Irritation of the Eye – the eyes become pinkish or red, and become watery. It can also affect the eyelids. If the cornea is damaged, then you might lose your sight.
If you think you have rosacea, see a dermatologist immediately. Remember that it worsens if not treated, and can potentially disrupt your life. Do not wait until it gets worse before you do something about it.