Rosacea is an inflammatory condition that affects millions in the UK. Rosacea can affect anyone although it is most common in middle-aged women with a lighter skin tone. Typically, rosacea affects only the skin on your nose, cheeks, and forehead. Flare-ups often occur in cycles. This means that you will experience symptoms for weeks or months at a time, the symptoms will go away, and then they will return.
Symptoms of Rosacea:
- Redness and flushing in the central part of the face.
- Red, pus-filled bumps. These can be mistaken for acne.
- Tiny broken veins (telangiectasia) can occur after a period of time,
- Eye problems– dry irritated, swollen eyes and red eyelids.
- Enlarged nose. Over time, rosacea can thicken the skin on the nose causing it to appear larger than normal.
Cause of Rosacea:
The exact cause for rosacea is not known although there are some things that could make your symptoms worse such as:
- Hot temperature (including food and drink)
- Spicy foods
- Sunlight or wind
- Stress and other emotions
- Topical steroids or other medications that dilate blood vessels including some blood pressure medications.