Acne rosacea

Acne rosacea actually has nothing to do with acne at all. The correct term is actually just Rosecea. Rosecea is a skin disorder that is very common and affects lots of people all over the world. Because of its appearance many people often mistaken rosecea for acne but they are actually not related at all. The symptoms of rosacea consists of having pink or red patches on the skin, often accompanied by broken blood vessels, small red bumps or cysts and a pink color in the eyes. Some people who have rosecea may not even know that they have the condition at all because if can often be mistaken for a sunburn or just blushing of the face. Rosacea is so common that it currently affects nearly 14 million people in the United States. Rosacea is more commonly found in people of light colored and fair skin. People from the Irish and Scottish decent are typically affected more often.

Rosacea is a chronic condition that is long term and is considered non-curable. Different than the common acne that most people outgrow once they hit adulthood, Rosacea is not something that a person outgrows. Typically rosacea causes redness or flushing on the central region of the face. This includes the forehead, nose, chin and cheeks. When the face flushes naturally it often aggravates the rosacea causing small blood vessels to enlarge and become more noticeable. These blood vessels appear to look like small red lines in the face. If the face continues to flush it will cause increased inflammation and cause red bumps to appear. These red bumps resemble acne and that is why it is often confused with acne or labeled acne rosecea.

For people that have rosacea, there are some common triggers that tend to make the rosacea worsen. Anytime a person blushes, such as during times of stress, anxiety, embarrassment or fear, can cause the rosacea to become aggravated. Exercising, drinking alcohol, eating spicy foods, or even changes in the weather can all cause rosacea to flare up.

Although rosacea is not considered a curable condition, there are plenty of ways that it can be managed. A lot people that suffer from rosacea find that laser treatments and intense light treatments offer great relief of symptoms. With these treatments the patient may experience some discomfort originally but after a few sessions the redness and appearance of blood vessels on the face can begin to fade. Depending on the severity of the rosacea and the individual patient, results can vary. Some people may go months or years with improved symptoms whereas some may not get the same results.

Other ways to treat rosacea involve using antibiotics, topical creams and ointments, acne medications, special facial cleaners and protection from the sun and other weather conditions. Avoiding extreme cold or hot environments may also help the skin condition. Lessoning the amount of alcohol a person consumes and teaching stress relief management can also help a person control their blushing. Once rosacea has been diagnosed, a physician will be able to determine the proper course of treatment for the individual patient. Sometimes the use of more than one treatment therapy may be needed to achieve desired results.

The first step to dealing with rosacea is to see a doctor and get diagnosed. If you feel that you may have rosacea, but have not been seen by a doctor, then you should schedule an appointment. A lot of people who have rosacea are unaware of the treatment options available for those with the condition. Having rosacea can be frustrating, but it is treatable.

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