Probably the first question to ask before getting into what are the best treatments of Rosacea is do you have Rosacea? It took me quite a few years to find out that the redness and bumps on my forehead were rosacea. I had put it down to stress and in part I think I this is right but I just didn’t see at as a skin issue in itself.
What does Rosacea look like
It often begins as redness or flushing on the face. Capillaries may be visible on the skin, which contributes to the red appearance of the face. Small, red, pimple-like bumps can form, but unlike with common acne, there typically are no blackheads or comedones.
Whereas normal types of acne can occur anywhere on the face, neck, back, upper arms, and shoulders, rosacea is confined to the face (cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead). Normally rosacea doesn’t appear before age 30. As mentioned I know mine was on the forehead.
A lot of people and there are a lot, over 16 million in the USA, who have rosacea don’t even notice the beginning stages or that they have mild rosacea. They chalk up redness to a ruddy complexion, and women may get used to covering it with makeup, or they assume the papules are adult acne breakouts.
Which leads us on to is;
Is Rosacea a type of acne?
Rosacea is not a form of acne vulgaris, although at times it can be hard to tell the difference from common acne. To confuse the matter even more, rosacea is sometimes called acne rosacea, or even adult acne
Like acne vulgaris, rosacea is a disorder of the what we commonly call the pore. It can cause tiny pimples, just like acne does
But rosacea is not caused by the same factors as acne vulgaris and is a skin disorder in its own right.
It is most common between the ages of 30 and 50 and also more common in people who are fair-skinned and have blond hair and or blue eyes.
There are also genetic links to rosacea. You are more likely to develop rosacea if you have a family history of the condition or if you have Celtic or Scandinavian ancestors. Women are also more likely to develop the condition than men. However, men who develop the condition often have more severe symptoms.
Tell me the best treatment for Rosacea now
For those of you who don’t want to read all the way to the bottom of the article. Do not use a standard acne treatment, this may in fact make things worse. The treatment I use is Revitol Rosacea Treatment and it has and does do wonders to control my Rosacea. A friend of mine prefers natural treatments and he swears by ” target=”_blank”>Atopis and I can say from looking at him it seems to work as well. Don’t forget to also watch what you eat (like spicy foods) and drink (hot drinks and alcohol) and try to keep stress under control. Because of my lifestyle I can’t always do everything I should as far as helping my symptoms but with Revitol my rosacea is hardly noticeable most of the time.
What causes Rosacea
Well the not so good news is that doctors still aren’t sure exactly what causes rosacea. But there are a few theories.
Some experts believe that rosacea appears because of sensitive blood vessels that dilate too easily. Other research suggests that the Helicobacter pylori bacteria or the microscopic Demodex mite plays a role. We do know that rosacea tends to run in families.
While we don’t know exactly what causes rosacea, we do know for certain that certain things can trigger it and make rosacea worse. Common rosacea triggers include: sun exposure, eating spicy foods, drinking hot beverages or alcohol, and exposure to extreme hot or cold weather. Emotional stress is another major trigger. Think, the growth of Rosacea has been exponential over the last few decades and is that a direct correlation to our lifestyles with a bit of genetic disposition thrown in as well?
Rosacea can’t be cured, but it can be successfully controlled. Treatment for rosacea can include oral or topical antibiotics and some acne medications like azelaic acid.
But don’t try to treat rosacea on your own with over-the-counter acne products. Some can aggravate rosacea and leave your skin feeling even worse.
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 items that contain the compound cinnamaldehyde, such as cinnamon, chocolate, tomatoes, and citrus
– having the intestinal bacteria Helicobacter pylori
– the presence of cathelicidin (a protein that protects the skin from infection)
The 4 sub types of Rosacea
There couldn’t be just one could there?!
Each sub type has its own set of symptoms. And you can have more than one sub type of rosacea at a time.
Rosacea’s trademark symptom is small, red, pus-filled bumps on the skin that are present during flare-ups. Normally, rosacea affects only skin on your nose, cheeks, and forehead.
Rosacea often occur in cycles. This means that you will experience the symptoms for weeks or months at a time, then the symptoms will disappear, and lucky us they will return.
– The first sub type is known as erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR), is associated with facial redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels.
– Number 2 sub type is papulopustular (or acne) rosacea, is associated with acne-like breakouts, and often affects middle-aged women.
– Third sub type up is known as rhinophyma, it is a rare form associated with thickening of the skin on your nose. It usually affects men and is often accompanied by another sub type of rosacea.
– The fourth sub type is known as ocular rosacea, and its symptoms are centered on the eye area.
There are different symptoms for each sub type;
The ETR sub type usually comes with flushing and redness in the center of your face, visible broken blood vessels, swollen skin, sensitive skin, stinging and burning skin and dry rough and scaly skin.
Number two is papulopustular (acne rosacea) and the symptoms are; acne like breakouts and very red skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, broken blood vessels that are visible and raised patches of skin.
The third sub type is rhinophyma and the symptoms are; bumpy skin texture, thick skin on nose, chin, forehead, cheeks or ears ( it may not be all of these ), large pores and visible broken blood vessels.
The symptoms for ocular rosacea are; bloodshot and watery eyes, eyes that feel gritty, burning or stinging sensation in the eyes, eyes that are light sensitive, cysts on your eyes, diminished vision and broken blood vessels on the eyelids.
The Outlook for Rosacea
There is no cure for rosacea, but you can control it with treatment. Rosacea affects everyone differently and it can take time to figure out how to manage your condition. I can recommend Revitol.
Avoid products that contain alcohol, menthol, witch hazel and exfoliating agents Other management steps include avoiding direct sunlight and wearing sunscreen and avoiding drinking alcohol.
Using lasers and light treatment can help with some severe cases of rosacea, microdermabrasion treatments to reduce thickening skin, taking eye medicines and antibiotics for ocular rosacea can also be beneficial in some cases. I’m not a big fan of antibiotics mainly because these infections are becoming immune to a lot of treatments but if that is what is required and nothing else seems to work then go for it.
If rosacea isn’t treated it can progress, and the redness and bumpiness become more severe. The skin takes on a coarse, lumpy look, and the nose can become larger and more bulbous as per the photo above.
Luckily, most cases of rosacea don’t become this serious. For many people, rosacea stays mild, and the redness never progresses to papules and general skin bumpiness.
If you are trying an over the counter treatment like the Revitol and the symptoms persist or get worse then please do see a health professional.
I hope this article has helped in some way in understanding what Rosacea is and if you would like to leave a comment below that would be great.