A Red Face Could Signal Rosacea
Most of us have seen someone with rosacea. It is a chronic skin condition that can cause facial redness, bumps, pimples, thick skin, and even bloodshot eyes.
Many Americans, mostly aged 30 to 50, have rosacea to some degree. Many people mistake the flushing and appearance of pimples as a recurrence of a skin problem from their teen years. Outbreaks on the cheeks and nose are common. However, it can also be seen on the forehead, neck, and back.
Experts don’t know what causes rosacea. Risk factors include having fair skin that blushes easily. Any ethnic group can develop rosacea, although it is more common in people of northern and western European descent with a fair complexion. Women are three times more likely to develop the disease, but men often have more severe symptoms. Over time, the redness of the skin becomes more noticeable and blood vessels may be seen. If untreated, symptoms such as bumps and pimples may develop. The nose may also become swollen. Rarely, the eyes are involved.
There is a high emotional impact for people with rosacea. Many people with the condition suffer from anxiety, anger, and depression. Stress plays a big role in recurrence and worsening of symptoms. Therefore, the cycle of symptoms and frustration makes this disease seem hopeless to many. Although rosacea has no cure, effective treatments are available. Talk with your healthcare provider to find out which treatment is best for you.
Treatment includes the following:
Avoiding triggers, including stressful situations
Washing skin with mild soap and tepid or cool water
Using moisturizers and sunscreens
Drinking cool water
Using a cool towel on the face after working out
Makeup, particularly with a green tint, may be used to hide the redness
Prescription gels, creams, lotions, and antibiotics
Lasers and other light therapy can treat some forms of rosacea
Always check your insurance coverage, as some procedures may be considered cosmetic.
March 21, 2017
Goode, Paula, RN, BSN, MSN,Lehrer, Michael Stephen, MD