Rosacea is a skin condition that affects parts of the face.
Symptoms can include facial flushing, facial redness, spots, thickening of the skin, and eye problems such as dry eyes and sore eyelids.
Not all symptoms occur in all cases. Rosacea affects about 1 in 10 people in the UK, usually in middle age. Rosacea is not usually painful or itchy. However, in some cases there may be a burning feeling over the affected skin. You do not usually feel ill with Rosacea, and serious complications are uncommon. However, Rosacea can be unsightly and distressing.
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Around 1 in 10 people in the UK are thought to develop Rosacea. This is a lot of people, but many cases are mild. Symptoms may first appear in your early 20s, but the usual age that symptoms appear is in your 30s-50s. Rarely, Rosacea can affect children. Women are more commonly affected than men. However, Rosacea is often less severe in women than in men. Rosacea is more common in fair-skinned than dark-skinned people.
Recognise the signs.
...mainly across nose and cheeks plus broken capillaries
...papules and pustules which can be confused for acne breakouts
...often with associated bulbosity and redness of the nose
...symptoms affect the eye including dryness, itching and sensitivity to light
There is no permanent cure for Rosacea. There is nothing you can do to prevent Rosacea from starting. However, treatments can ease the symptoms. The treatments used may vary, depending on what symptoms develop.
Treatment may need to be adjusted over time depending on your response to treatments, and if you develop different symptoms. General measures:
They usually work well, but it is not clear why they work, as there is no proven bacterium (germ) that causes Rosacea. Some antibiotics reduce inflammation in the skin as well as killing bacteria and this may be why they work for Rosacea. A topical (rub-on) antibiotic called Metronidazole is the common treatment if you have just a few small spots. Ask your practitioner about this.
Ask your practitioner about these. However, some people find that they can cause side-effects such as burning, stinging, itching, scaling, and dry skin. If you do not respond to any of these treatments, other therapies are sometimes tried in specialist clinics with a dermatologist.
Obagi's Gentle Cleanser, Hydrate Facial Moisturiser and Sunshield Matte are all very well tolerated by Rosacea skin.