Rosacea Red Skin
Rosacea is a very common skin condition but it has a number of signs and symptoms which makes it more complex. Redness, sensitivity, blood vessel abnormalities (enlarged ‘broken’ capillaries or telangectasias), flaky skin, papules and pustules and thickening of the skin. These conditions usually appear in a butterfly shaped pattern that covers the cheeks, nose and chin.
Rosacea usually begins with a tendency to ‘flush and blush’ in childhood and adolescence. This is often accompanied by a ruddy complexion and sensitivity to skincare and make-up products. In the early adult years, this redness fluctuates and appears to clear up for certain periods, but as time progresses, the redness and sensitivity usually becomes permanent.
It is generally accepted that Rosacea is a blood-vessel disorder, but the precise mechanism remain unclear. Current treatments for Rosacea focus on reducing inflammation, regulating blood vessel function and reducing exacerbating factors (many patients have Rosacea that is ‘triggered’ by certain environmental factors such as heat, alcohol or certain foods).
Treatment for Rosacea may involve
- Oral and topical antibiotics
- Topical Vitamin A (retinaldehyde)
- Beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid)
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
- Light based therapies can also be of assistance in reducing redness and correcting vascular abnormalities.
Gentle cleansing using a solvent based cleanser can reduce irritation. Topical zinc oxide is also helpful for Rosacea patients as a non-reactive but highly effective sunscreen, and also for its anti-inflammatory properties.
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