Rosacea is one of the most common skin conditions next to acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It affects about 16 million people in the U.S. alone and 45 million people worldwide. With such a huge number of patients, what exactly is rosacea and how can you improve your skin?
Rosacea is a genetic and chronic condition that is characterised by facial flushing and redness (erythema). Patients typically experience dryness, oily skin, rashes and puffy eyes.
Rosacea is more common among women than men (ratio 20:1). While people of any ethnic group may be susceptible to rosacea, it is most popular among those from European or Celtic descent.
Some factors that trigger flare-ups in rosacea are:
- Harsh climate
- Sun exposure
- Physical and emotional stress
- Food (spicy, chocolate, nuts, cheese)
- Alcohol (especially red wine)
- Hot beverages
- Certain skincare products and cosmetics
In some cases, menstruation and pregnancy can also aggravate rosacea due to hormonal fluctuations.
The 4 primary subtypes of rosacea are erythematotelangiectatic, papulopustular, phymatous and ocular, which are graded for severity (mild, moderate, and severe).
While there is no definite cure for rosacea, there are management strategies that patients can take depending on their subtype and severity.
Patients are recommended to consult their doctor for the appropriate topical and oral medicines, antimicrobial agents, and surgical interventions.
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