Rosacea Uncovered

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Rosacea is sometimes mistakenly referred to as "adult acne" because it causes outbreaks on the nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead that look like acne. But rosacea is a little different. And it can cause extra symptoms, like a burning sensation in the eye, that aren't associated with regular acne. Rosacea most often occurs in people who have fair skin, especially if they blush easily. It does seem to run in families, too.

Many people are embarrassed by having rosacea because in the past people thought it had to do with addiction to alcohol, but that is not the case. However, in people who have rosacea, drinking alcohol may cause the rosacea to flare up.

There are a number of environmental conditions that can cause rosacea to flare up. These triggers include exercise, wind or sun exposure, hot baths, spicy foods, hot weather, and stress.

People with rosacea in general have very sensitive skin and tiny red veins on the face that resemble spider webs. Often lotions or medications cause stinging sensations on the face. Dry, red eyes that are chronically irritated are also a symptom of rosacea. It is important that people with rosacea have their eyes monitored regularly, because the disease can cause serious problems with the eyes.

When rosacea is left untreated, it can sometimes cause knob-like bumps on the nose and cheeks called rhinophyma, but most cases do not get this bad.

Fortunately, dermatologists can prescribe medications for rosacea, and it can be kept under control fairly easily. Sometimes antibiotic creams are used, particularly if there are eye problems associated with rosacea. This is more of a long term treatment that may take a few weeks to produce noticeable improvement. In order to treat advanced cases of rosacea, laser or dermabrasion can be used.

People with rosacea must try to avoid triggers that cause it to flare up, they must be very gentle with their skin, and wear high SPF sunscreen every day.

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Leonard Dawson is a freelance article writer who writes for Cosmetic Surgery Guru about current issues, technology and news within the cosmetic surgery market.

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This article was published on 2010/03/29