Treatment Rosacea is a common facial skin complaint that affects about 1 in 10 people. It affects people who have pale complexions and for this reason has been dubbed “the curse of the Celts”.
It is also sometimes called acne rosacea or adult acne because of its similarities to acne although is a different condition.
Rosacea has a range of symptoms but is characterized by a red blotchy complexion and skin that flushes easily. This can make people think that the sufferer is very easily embarrassed or has been secretly hitting the bottle.
More serious Rosacea conditions can result in permanent redness and skin blemishes. The condition usually begins in the early 30s and can last until the 60s. Like acne, rosacea varies in degrees of severity and can destroy confidence.
Frequent flushing or blushing is the first symptom and often this never develops any further. However, this can have a debilitating effect on the sufferer and can shatter confidence and poise especially if you have to present a cool exterior to people. People in the public eye can struggle with Rosacea. Famous sufferers include ex-President Bill Clinton and UK TV presenter Carole Smiley.
The condition can further develop into permanent facial redness (erythema) that resembles sunburn, red bumps that resemble acne spots and the appearance of thread like veins visible on the face. In some cases, the condition causes eye problems that include dryness, itchy eyes and sensitivity to light.
Rosacea sufferers typically experience one or two of these symptoms in varying degrees and occasionally all symptoms.
Causes of Rosacea
The exact causes of rosacea are unknown. It has been attributed to genetic makeup – if your parents had it, you may get it, intestinal microorganisms, a microscopic skin mite, sunburn, or a mild allergic reaction which causes redness and inflammation of the skin.
However, many sufferers find that certain factors can trigger the condition. These include sunburn, alcohol, spicy foods or certain foodstuffs, temperature extremes, emotional stress, the menopause, certain vegetables and fruits and cosmetics. Most people will find that they are susceptible to different triggers.
There are a number of acne treatments available. Your doctor may prescribe topical antibiotics or laser treatment may be used to target the blood vessels and reduce blood flow and redness in serious cases. Skin care products containing azealic acid have been effective but often cause irritation and there are a range of treatments on the market that help reduce redness and inflammation.
However, natural treatments that contain Tea tree oil and Green tea are the best alternative. These can sooth, cleanse and reduce blemishes and redness without inflaming the skin. Tea tree oil and Green tea have proven to be very effective against Rosacea and are the best option for most people.