What is Rosacea?
Rosacea (full name: Erythrotelangiectatic Acne Rosacea) is a common, chronic skin problem that is characterized by increased facial redness, dilated blood vessels, called telangiectasia, skin sensitivity and inflammatory acne-like skin lesions. This disease most commonly affects the nose, chin, and cheeks. Rosacea is more common in people of fairer skin types, particularly people of British Isle or Northern European descent. If left untreated, rosacea worsens over time.
In some cases, more commonly in men affected with this condition, disfiguring and permanent soft tissue enlargement of the nose can occur, known as rhinophyma.
Caring for Skin Affected by Rosacea
It is important to take the necessary precautions associated with sun exposure, as excessive and unprotected sun exposure can contribute to disease progression. Common triggers of rosacea include: extreme heat, extreme cold, strong wind, sun exposure, and the consumption of hot drinks, spicy food, and alcohol.
It is important to have an accredited dermatologist diagnose and treat rosacea as it can often appear to be another, unrelated condition. Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can result in significant discomfort and decreased quality of life for the patient. Patient education can help achieve early diagnosis and help identify particular triggers specific to the patient’s case.
Multiple treatment options are available to treat different components of this disease, including:
- Lifestyle changes