This month we are finding out about Rosacea.
Recent research has shown external triggers such as ultraviolet (UV) light, spicy food, alcohol (particularly red wine), exercise, stress, heat and cold can lead to the activation of certain
molecules within the skin called peptides.
Rosacea is often misdiagnosed as eczema or dermographia, the longer its undiagnosed the worse it can become.
The weather is one of the most common triggers amongst those with rosacea, especially hot, humid, and windy conditions.
There are 4 stages of rosacea:
- The first stage is PRE-ROSACEA where the main symptom is frequent flushing that can affect the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin.
- The second stage is VASCULAR ROSACEA when small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks swell and become visible, showing through the skin as small red lines. The skin will feel warm and look puffy.
- The third stage is INFLAMMATORY ROSACEA where, in addition to the redness, small, red bumps or even bumps containing pus may appear and persist. Nodules in the skin may become painful. This can spread across the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.
- The final stage is OCULAR ROSACEA which can be classed as a serious condition that needs to be brought quickly under control as in severe cases, it could lead to the loss of vision.
It is best to avoid products that dry the skin, for example;
Alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus oil.
Always check the labels of skin care products before using them.
Its usually recommended to use creams over lotions. Lotions often have alcohol-based liquids that can dry your skin.
Makeup can help hide signs of rosacea. But many types of makeup can leave your skin dry and irritated.
Mineral based makeup is a good choice as it doesn’t contain preservatives or any other additives that can irritate the skin.
A foundation will help protect your skin, and some makeup comes tinted with a yellow or green base to help hide redness.
Look for makeup with just a few simple ingredients.
Take care of your skin. Although Rosacea only affects the face, don’t ignore the rest of your skin… people with rosacea may also have sensitive skin on other parts of the body.
Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that shows itself in a dark blush (or lingering) facial redness, as well as painful and tiny pus-filled bumps.