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The Facts About Acne Rosacea

If you think you may have come down with rosacea, you shouldn’t panic. It’s important to know the facts about acne rosacea. “Acne rosacea” is a layperson’s term for rosacea, which isn’t really acne at all but rather its own distinct condition. Rosacea typically strikes people aged thirty to sixty, and it only affects the face. It’s more common in men, although women can come down with this disorder as well.

Are you wondering what causes my face to become so red?

There are many things that can cause your face to become temporarily red. Some of which include being embarrassed in social situations, the consumption of alcohol or spicy food, or having a sensitivity to mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) or niacin. There are also many health conditions that can be the cause of more chronic facial redness.  These include Cushing’s Syndrome, Lupus, Scarlet Fever, Rubella, and Rosacea to name a few.

If your facial redness involves the cheeks, nose and the forehead and develops gradually it’s most likely Rosacea. Rosacea starts out as a facial redness which resembles facial flushing. If typically does not to go away quickly and in many cases looks like a bad sunburn.

The facial redness from Rosacea may vary from day to day and can progressively get worse. In addition to the initial facial redness, many people with Rosacea may see small papules or pustules appear on their face. These Rosacea papules and pustules can become painful and may ooze or burst (the only way to relieve the pain). A dermatologist can reduce the papules and pustules before the burst by injecting them with a 5 ml shot of triamcinolone (Kenalog).

In progressive rosacea, without treatment capillaries can become permanently widened (telangiectasia). These Telangiectasias do not respond well to topical treatments and cause the face to have a “residual” redness. Telangiectasias can be effectively treated with intense pulsed light.

One of the most sobering facts about “acne rosacea” is that there’s nothing you can really do to prevent it; there’s no known cause. For some reason, the small blood vessels just below the surface of your face will expand, and this will trigger a series of effects.

Not every rosacea patient will suffer every symptom, but among the most common rosacea symptoms are redness of the face, dry skin, itchiness, burning (kind of like the way you feel after a bad sunburn), pustule breakouts and other bumps on the skin, thick and hard skin, spider veins cysts and blisters.

Your eyes may be affected as well. Some rosacea patients have to deal with dry eyes, burning eyes, red eyes and maybe even blurred vision. Your nose may also become bigger and more rounded, a condition that’s more common in male rosacea patients over the age of forty.

Cases of rosacea range from mild to severe, but if left untreated all cases of rosacea can become severe, and some of these effects can become permanent. What you want to do if you have any of these symptoms is contact your doctor right away. And avoid scratching your face or rubbing your eyes; you’ll just make things worse!

Your doctor may be able to diagnose your rosacea just by looking at you, and by analyzing your specific case of rosacea she or he will be able to offer a course of treatment. It’s another one of the sobering facts about “acne rosacea,” however, that there isn’t a single cure for the problem, no single pill you can take to clear it up once and for all.

Rosacea treatment varies, and may involve a combination of approaches. These can include oral antibiotics like amoxicillin and tetracycline, or perhaps some other form of antibiotic, as well as topical agents that are used once or twice daily. Sometimes retinoids will be prescribed as well. Retinoids are oral medications that boost the skin’s ability to battle skin disorders like rosacea.

Laser therapy and laser pulse therapy are also common kinds of rosacea treatment. You’ll have to sit for a series of laser sessions, and the lasers will help constrict the blood vessels of your face. Lasers are also effective at eliminating redness and other blemishes, and this treatment usually isn’t painful or harmful to your body in any way.

Finally, once your rosacea has gone away, help keep it away by wearing sunscreen, keeping your body as cool as possible at all times, and eating healthy and exercising.

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