Rosacea is a common chronic skin condition that varies greatly in severability from person to person. Most people who experience this condition at the very least will have noticeably flushed and blushed skin. Another common symptom is that blood vessels may become broken and shown more prominently in the face.
Sometimes Rosacea can be more severe and will produce small, puss-filled red bumps on the face and is commonly mistaken for acne or other issues with the skin. It’s hard for someone experiencing Rosacea to determine what causes flare-ups or when flare-ups will occur unlike some of the other skin conditions.
For the most part, the cause of Rosacea is widely unknown, though it could be due to an overactive immune system. The condition usually starts between the age of 30 and 60.
Though there is no cure for Rosacea, there are certainly treatment methods that will help control and reduce the symptoms and appearance of this condition. Rosacea can affect anyone, but it is most common in middle-age white women.
Some with more severe symptoms of Rosacea will experience a burning sensation in the central region of the face. Hot and tender-to-touch areas can be extremely uncomfortable for people during a flare-up.
Because it’s mostly the central area of the face that’s affected, many people with Rosacea may experience swollen, irritated eyes and eyelids. This is known as Ocular Rosacea and in some patients, we see that their flare-ups start at the eyes and go outward towards the rest of the face.
Some patients may experience Rosacea on the nose first and then notice it starts to extend to the rest of the face. Additionally, experiencing many flare-ups over time, can cause the skin of the nose to thicken as a person ages.
While there are a variety of clinical symptoms and variations of how Rosacea affects people, there are four categorized types based on what you or others could be experiencing:
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