Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness, pustules, papules and swelling on the face. Often referred to as adult acne, rosacea typically begins as easy flushing and or blushing of the skin. With time, tiny blood vessels and pimples begin in the reddened area. Unlike acne, there are no blackheads. This condition is chronic and progressive and requires treatment so that the long lasting changes in the skin can be prevented like permanent redness, dilated vessels and enlargement of the nose called rhinophyma (redness, bulbous and enlargement of the oil glands). Approximately 50% of people with rosacea also have ocular or eye involvement. These patients will experience burning and or grittiness of the eyes, most times felt when blinking. Fair skinned individuals with light eyes are most at risk for the development of the disease. It affects men, women and children.
Tips for controlling rosacea:
• Avoid triggers or pro inflammatory molecules in hot drinks, spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol.
• Practice good sun protection with a physical blocker like titanium or zinc, avoid chemicals.
• Avoid rubbing, scratching or massaging the face.
• Avoid cosmetics or products containing alcohol.