Rosacea is a condition that causes the capillaries in your face to break easily, which leads to a permanently rosy or ruddy complexion in the cheeks. This can be a potentially embarrassing disorder and a real blow to your self-confidence, but thankfully, there is hope. Here at Lean Healthy Life we have treatments proven to help mitigate the effects that rosacea has on your complexion. Stop by our offices for your own personalized consultation today, and we would be more than happy to explain the steps you can take to treat and prevent this condition. However, for now, let’s take a look a closer look at just how rosacea works.
Rosacea is a chronic condition that usually begins after age 30. It’s most prevalent in women, but a fair number of men also struggle with it. Those with fair complexions or who are prone to severe blushing and flushing of the cheeks are at the highest risk for this disorder.
While the symptoms of rosacea can vary from person to person, there are several primary and secondary signs that indicate to physicians that someone might be suffering from the disease.
The Primary Signs of Rosacea
- FLUSHING: Many people suffering from rosacea have a medical history of frequent flushing or blushing. While this type of redness is temporary, it is often the first indicator that someone will suffer from the condition in the future.
- PERSISTENT REDNESS: This is like a more permanent form of blushing or flushing. It often resembles a bad sunburn that just won’t seem to go away.
- BUMPS AND PIMPLES: These bumps can either be solid red or pus-filled, similar to acne. However, unlike acne, rosacea will never cause blackheads, since that is a simply a symptom of clogged pores.
- VISIBLE BLOOD VESSELS: With rosacea, many sufferers will begin to notice visible blood vessels appearing just beneath their skin
The Secondary Signs of Rosacea
- IRRITATED EYES: Many rosacea sufferers complain of eyes that are frequently bloodshot or watery. This condition is known as ocular rosacea. Swelling and styes may appear on the eyelids, and if left untreated, this could lead to permanent vision loss.
- STINGING OR BURNING: It is also possible for rosacea to result in a slight to severe stinging or burning sensation. Many patients also complain of itching or the feeling of overly-tight skin.
- SKIN THICKENING: Severe cases of rosacea may cause the skin to thicken and grow larger from an excess buildup of tissue. This is most commonly found on the nose and is likely to affect women more than it does men.