Rosacea is a chronic condition characterized by facial redness, easy blushing or flushing which eventually leads to visible facial veins by adulthood. It primarily affects Caucasians of mainly Northern European or Irish descent but can also affect people of other ethnicities. Rosacea affects both sexes, but is almost three times more common in women.
Rosacea typically begins as redness on the central face across the cheeks, nose, or forehead, but can also less commonly affect the neck, chest, scalp, and eyes (Ocular Rosacea). In some cases, additional symptoms, such as semi-permanent redness, telangiectasia (dilation of superficial blood vessels on the face), red domed papules (small bumps) and pustules may develop (Acne Rosacea).
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Triggers that cause episodes of flushing and blushing play a part in the development of Rosacea. Exposure to temperature extremes can cause the face to become flushed as well as strenuous exercise, heat from sunlight, severe sunburn, stress, anxiety, cold wind, and moving to a warm or hot environment from a cold one. There are also some food and drinks that can trigger flushing, including alcohol and spicy foods.
Certain medications and topical irritants can also quickly trigger Rosacea. Some acne and wrinkle treatments that have been reported to cause Rosacea include microdermabrasion and chemical peels, as well as high dosages of isotretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, and tretinoin. Steroid induced rosacea is the term given to rosacea caused by the use of topical or nasal steroids. These steroids are often prescribed for seborrheic dermatitis. Dosage should be slowly decreased and not immediately stopped to avoid a flare up.
Treatment for Rosacea includes BroadBand Light or Diode Laser therapy as well as properly selected skin care products to maintain results.
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