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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.
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.
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.
Intense Pulsed Light Treatment Review
Lasers have been used in dermatology to treat a variety of skin conditions, as well as remove excessive hair, and unwanted tattoos. This technology, while relatively new, is now widely known for its benefits among patients. Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, is a related technology, and is also a powerful tool in the treatment of redness of the skin.
Not sure if you have rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that is sometimes misdiagnosed as acne. Rosacea is characterized by inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead and eyelids. It may appear as redness, spider-like blood vessels (called telangiectasia), swelling, or acne-like skin eruptions. Although the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, certain factors predispose you to developing symptoms, such as if you have fair skin, are female (however, it is more severe when it does appear in males), and between the age of 30-50. Rosacea can also result in enlargement of the blood vessels just under the skin and eye disorders. Common symptoms include facial redness, flushing or blushing easily, burning or stinging sensation and irritated eyes. In advanced cases, a red, bulbous nose develops. Usually, a diagnosis can be confirmed by assessing a person’s medical history in combination with a physical exam. Treatment starts with avoiding potential triggers, which differ between individuals, to reduce flare-ups. Try to keep a daily log to help identify specific triggers (e.g., foods, hot beverages, warm environments, weather, certain medications, medical conditions, emotional influences, physical exertion and sensitivity to skin care products/ingredients). See your doctor for an accurate assessment and to discuss available treatments.
Rosacea Basics
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.”
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.
Skin Care Tips for Sensitive Skin Types
If your skin is easily irritated, prone to drying or allergic reactions, or react adversely to temperature changes, or pollution, you likely have sensitive skin. Other common symptoms include reactions to shaving or other physical pressure, overreaction to cosmetics, or a tingling sensation on the skin without the presence of rashes or other physical signs. Sensitive skin affects the facial areas most commonly, but can include other areas of the body. Both genetics and environmental factors contribute to sensitive skin.
Suffering with rosacea?
You are not alone! Also called the "Curse of the Celts", over 13 million North Americans have rosacea, which is a long-lasting, non-scarring skin condition that is often misdiagnosed as adult acne.