Rosacea is often a life-long condition that can impact self-confidence as well as your skin care choices. Keeping this complaint in check is key to achieving a flawless look while boosting your self-esteem.
Unfortunately, women are most likely to suffer from this embarrassing facial condition. While there is no long-term cure, there are plenty of things you can do to keep the problem under control. In this guide, we look at the symptoms and triggers as well as modern treatments.
It is important to point out that, while unsightly, rosacea is not contagious and neither does it reflect your personal hygiene standards.
Know The Symptoms
The onset of rosacea often occurs in those aged between 30 and 60. It is more likely to be diagnosed in women with fair skin, because it is more obvious. A diagnosis should be sought if you develop reddening of the skin, often referred to as ‘blushing’, in the T-zone or on the cheeks. The redness is most likely not a constant in your life. Instead, it may appear and then disappear. It may also be accompanied by uncomfortable stinging, particularly when washing or applying skin care products.
For some people, rosacea can cause thread vein-like broken blood vessels to appear near the surface of the skin or spots. Other symptoms can include dry skin, areas of sallow discolouration, puffiness around the eyes and occasionally dense patches of skin.
Recognise Common Triggers
Rosacea can be triggered by lifestyle choices – and not all of them are bad. Vigorous exercise, such as running and aerobics, can set off a bout of facial reddening. Other known triggers include dairy products such as cheese, alcoholic or hot drinks, products that contain caffeine and particularly spicy foods like curries.
Getting a proper diagnosis from your GP and avoiding triggers is the first step towards controlling symptoms.
Modern treatments for rosacea are improving all the time. They include affordable light therapy as well as creams. It is important to consult your doctor if you are worried about infection – you may need a course of antibiotics. When purchasing over-the-counter treatments, always buy from a reputable source. Don’t be tempted to use platforms based in far-flung countries or from unverified, individual online sellers. Stick to well-known brands. And, if you suffer any skin irritation, discontinue use immediately.
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Today’s note to readers: We hope this feature helps those with rosacea seek a clinical diagnosis and find effective treatments to limit skin redness.
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