Rosacea is a skin condition that causes red flushing in the face. Tertiary effects include sweating, inflammation, and sometimes nose enlargement or eyes will be affected in rare cases. Close to 13 million people in North America suffer from Rosacea, and is a condition that is more common in those with a fair skin color, often being referred to as the “Curse of the Celts.”
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Identifying and Caring for Rosacea
There is no cure at this time for Rosacea, however, it is not life-threatening, nor contagious. Simple treatment will reduce the symptoms of Rosacea, and prevent skin damage. Treatment options are largely centered around topical treatments, in gels or creams. Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication make up the majority of Rosacea creams. At times, oral medication is prescribed, such as tetracycline, which is an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. For rare cases, Accutane® can be used to relieve the more severe cases of inflammation.
Facts about rosacea
Rosacea can often be misdiagnosed as acne, because in some cases pustules (pimples) and papules (red, raised bumps) are present. The first step is to get an accurate assessment from your doctor or dermatologist.
Rosacea or acne?
The signs differ in each individual, but managing the symptoms can be frustrating. Any combination of the following symptoms can be present: burning, stinging, itching, swelling and flushing (redness), especially in the creases from the nose to each side of the mouth.
Are small blood vessels visible on your face?
This condition is known as telangiectasias, which are small diameter, linear blood vessels that occur near the surface of the skin. As we age, these small dilated blood vessels commonly form on the cheeks, around the nose and chin. Heredity, sun-damage, aging and alcohol use are some of the contributing factors.
The Red Face and Its Management
Red face is commonly seen, can be transient and come and go (flushing), or be persistent. Sometimes it can be scaly (dermatitis), or there may be papules and pustules (rosacea) present. Red face is occasionally seen in infants or neonates.
Rosacea and Its Topical Management
Many options exist for the treatment of rosacea, including topical and systemic therapies, laser and light-based therapies, and surgical procedures. A classification system for rosacea identifies 4 subtypes (i.e., erythematotelangiectatic, papulopustular, phymatous, and ocular), which may help guide therapeutic decision-making.
Systemic Therapy for Rosacea
Rosacea is a common condition that affects people of all races. In addition to the visible aspects of this disease, it can have a psychosocial impact that must be evaluated when considering the treatment options. More aggressive and innovative uses of existing oral agents have resulted in novel therapeutic approaches, which can provide long-term therapy and sustained remission.