Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that affects the face, in particular, the nose and cheeks. Rosacea can cause your face to become red and irritated, which is difficult to hide and as such, can have a psychological impact.
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown but several theories have been suggested including:
- Abnormalities in facial blood vessels
- A reaction to dust mites or bacteria
- Side-effects caused by certain medication or skin care products
Symptoms that indicate you have rosacea are as follows:
- Temporary or permanent facial redness or flushing
- Dry, hard or rough skin
- Skin irritation or a burning and stinging sensation
- Blood vessels in the skin becoming visible
However, these symptoms could be occurring because of different skin conditions so it is important to speak to an Ahmeys healthcare professional to get a firm diagnosis.
A number of triggers have also been identified as worsening the symptoms of rosacea, such as:
- Hot and cold temperatures
- Spicy food
- Dairy products
While there is a lot that is still not understood about rosacea or why it occurs, there are treatments available to help control symptoms. These usually involve a combination of self-help techniques and medication.
- Avoiding any identified triggers
- Creams and gels
- Oral medication
- Laser surgery and IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment
Also, in cases where you find that you find that rosacea is having a debilitating effect on your self-esteem and mental health there are a number of organisations that offer support, information, advice and counselling. For example:
Ahmeys healthcare professionals will be able to offer a full assessment of your symptoms and can develop a management and treatment plan that is personalised to your skin and unique symptoms.