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Rosacea
« on: April 13, 2018, 09:33:33 am »
Rosacea



According to the National Rosacea Society, rosacea is a chronic skin disease that affects more than 16 million Americans (NRS). The cause of rosacea is still unknown, and there is no cure. However, research has allowed doctors to develop a course of treatment that effectively controls rosacea by minimizing its symptoms.
There are four subtypes of rosacea. Each subtype has its own set of symptoms. It is possible for an individual to have more than one subtype of rosacea at a time. Rosacea’s trademark are small, red, pus-filled bumps on the skin that are present during flare-ups. Typically, rosacea affects only 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.

The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care reports that rosacea affects around one in 10 adults and usually first appears by age 20.
Symptoms of Rosacea

Signs of rosacea ETR (subtype one):

flushing and redness in center of face
visible broken blood vessels
swollen skin
sensitive skin
skin stinging and burning
dry, rough, and scaly skin
Signs of acne rosacea (subtype two):

acne-like breakouts and very red skin
oily skin
sensitive skin
broken blood vessels that are visible
raised patches of skin
Signs of thickening skin (subtype three)

bumpy skin texture
thick skin on nose
thick skin on chin, forehead, cheeks, and ears
large pores
visible broken blood vessels
Signs of ocular rosacea (subtype four)

bloodshot and watery eyes
eyes that feel gritty
burning or stinging sensation in the eyes
dry, itchy eyes
eyes that are sensitive to light
cysts on eyes
diminished vision
broken blood vessels on eyelids
What Causes Rosacea?

The cause of rosacea has not been determined. It may be a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. It is known that some things may make your rosacea symptoms worse. These include:

eating spicy foods
drinking alcoholic beverages
having the intestinal bacteria Helicobacter pylori
a skin mite called demodex and the bacterium Bacillus oleronius it carries
the presence of cathelicidin (a protein that protects the skin from infection)
How Can I Control My Symptoms?

Rosacea cannot be cured, but you can take steps to control your symptoms.

Make sure to take care of your skin using gentle cleansers and oil-free, water-based skin-care products. Avoid products that contain ingredients that may irritate your symptoms. These include alcohol, menthol, witch hazel, and exfoliating agents.

Stick with the treatment plan given to you by your doctor. This is usually a regimen of antibiotic creams and oral antibiotics.

Avoid your triggers. Keeping a journal to help you discover what triggers or makes your rosacea worse.

Other steps include:

avoiding direct sunlight and wearing sunscreen
avoiding drinking alcohol
trying lasers and light treatment to help with some severe cases of rosacea
trying dermabrasion to reduce thickening skin
taking eye medicines and antibiotics for ocular rosacea

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