Back to School: A Rosacea Primer

Back to School: A Rosacea Primer


As the summer is gradually coming to an end, this means that in many areas of the country, many people are planning to return to school. For a lot of people struggling with different skin conditions such as rosacea, the stress that come with the activities related to school planning can often result in a sudden outburst of their condition.

As a way of reminding you about the condition or for those that struggle with this condition but have not taken the time to learn about this skin disorder, here are a few facts to bear in mind about the condition.

What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition which usually occurs on the face. It is a long-term condition which can cause pimples, redness, bumps, and sting. The condition is also popularly known as the “Curse of the Celts” since it is quite prominent among men and women from northern Europe and Celtic. While these people may be affected more, the condition also occurs in other races. The division of rosacea is into subtypes which are based on the signs and symptoms with a unique method of treatment of each.

What causes rosacea?
The cause of the rosacea condition remains to be determined, but there are different speculations on the origins. One of such speculation is that the redness of the skin is as a result of the increase in the blood close to the skin surface as a result of the dilation of the facial blood vessels. The redness may also be triggered by a reaction to factors such as environment or lifestyle. Other triggers such as skin bacteria, irritation of the follicles, skin mites, damage to tissues by the sun, or inflammatory response can often cause bumps which look like acne to appear on the face.

How is rosacea treated?
With the difference in the symptoms and signs that appear on an individual, there are different treatments for each type. Symptoms in a patient may be thickening of the skin, pimples and bumps while in another it may be flushing and redness. There may also be irritation of the eyes.

In a patient where eye symptoms are present, ophthalmic therapy and oral antibiotics can be used in treatment. There is also prescription therapy for facial redness and topical or oral rosacea therapy for those with bumps and pimples as symptoms. In some cases, to correct a disfigured nose or to eliminate any blood vessel which is visible, surgery or laser treatment may be necessary.

Most successful treatments of rosacea are usually achieved through the use of medical therapy and also reducing the exposure to rosacea triggers. These triggers include spicy foods, emotional stress, and alcohol and sun exposure. Other methods often include changes to some regions of lifestyle and also avoiding stress.

Although there is no cure for the condition, active management is vital. Seeing a dermatologist is the first step and keeping a diary to identify your triggers can help you avoid them. Take a look at Rosacea Free Forever

Read: Skin Whitening Forever