Rosacea, or acne rosacea, is a non-contagious skin inflammation that exclusively affects the face. The small surface blood vessels (capillaries) of the skin enlarge, giving the appearance of a permanent flush.
Rosacea, or acne rosacea, is a non-contagious skin inflammation that exclusively affects the face. The small surface blood vessels (capillaries) of the skin enlarge, giving the appearance of a permanent flush. The forehead, cheeks and chin may develop yellow-headed pimples. Unlike acne, rosacea does not scar.
The condition first appears between the ages of 30 and 50 years. Frequent flushing or blushing is commonly the first sign. Over time, permanent redness (erythema) may develop as the capillaries enlarge and pustules begin to form. In men, severe rosacea can cause the nose to become reddened and enlarged (rhinophyma).
The symptoms tend to worsen with advancing age. The cause is unknown and there is no permanent cure. However I have lived with Rosacea for the past 3 years, brought on by years of steroid use and nasty medications for my Crohn’s Disease. But there are definitely some steps you can take to help reduce it.
- Only use soothing and gentle skincare products, staying away from any products with BHA, AHA or artificial fragrances.
- Always wear sunscreen, I opt for the natural zinc based ones, and wear a hat in the sun, especially when I am on holiday.
- Look at your diet, cutting down or completely avoiding alcohol will help to reduce overheating and redness. Some foods may also heat your skin from within making it feel extremely uncomfortable.