Rosacea – What is it and how can you cure it?
Rosacea is more common than you might think, More than 14 million in the US alone. It’s a long-term skin condition that mainly affects the face and is often mistaken for eczema and Lupus, other skin conditions
Rosacea has a tendency to come and go which can have a significant psychological impact. In a survey performed by the National Rosacea Society that included over 500 people with rosacea, 42% reported feeling sad or depressed by the appearance of their skin.
The symptoms can affect anyone male or female and any age, However, it mainly affects middle-aged people and covers the central part of the face.
Symptoms of rosacea
- Face feels sensitive
- Spots (papules and pustules)
- People who suffer from Rosacea have a tendency to blush and flush easily
- Small dilated blood vessels (telangiectasia) appear
- The nose may grow big, red and bulbous (rhinophyma) due to the overgrowth of the sebaceous glands. This is more common in men than women.
- Itchy and sore eyes, and sensitivity to light
When Rosacea affects the eyes it’s known as Ocular Rosacea. This condition can be very serious and you must contact your Doctor or GP immediately.
Rosacea can, in rare cases cause the cornea, the transparent layer at the front of the eyeball, to become inflamed and even damaged. This is known as keratitis.
This damage can make the cornea vulnerable to ulceration and infection, which could potentially threaten your sight.
Symptoms can include:
- Poor vision
- Sore eyes
- Sensitive to light
- Poor focus or blurred vision
How do I know I have Rosacea?
First and foremost, Please go see your Doctor or GP. They will examine you and your skin and will ask about your symptoms and personal life. Your Doctor or GP may require you to have further tests to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms, such as lupus or the menopause. These tests could include blood tests.
Eczema can normally be ruled without any need for blood tests. They may ask questions on the following to give you the correct diagnosis.
- Family history: You’re more likely to have Rosacea if there is a family history of the condition.
- Possible triggers: They can be anything and include, Foods, Stress and alcohol and caffeine.
- Medication: Are you possibly having a reaction to any medication you’re taking?
- Even Ancestry: It has been proven that place of ancestry can affect Rosacea
How can I treat Rosacea?
There’s currently no cure for rosacea, However, you can control the symptoms with treatment and sometimes a change in lifestyle. Most people who suffer from Rosacea often have periods where their condition doesn’t require any treatment at all. Unfortunately for the rest of the time, your treatment will consist of various medications or healthcare processes, some of which are listed below.
- Medication to the skin in the form of creams and gels
- Natural and Organic creams can work well ( Click here to visit Amazon and see the best creams )
- More severe outburst may require Tablets or capsules
- Avoid trigger points identified by yourself and your doctor
- Antibacterial washes
- Topical Steroid creams ( This can have long-term side effects)
- Sulfa facial wash ( My wife used this one purchased from AMAZON )
- Laser and intense pulsed light (IPL)
One of the Popular methods of treatment normally offered by Doctors and GP’s are topical (skin) medications applied by the patient at home once or twice a day. Topical antibiotic medication such as metronidazole (Metrogel) applied once or twice a day after cleansing may significantly improve rosacea.
Living with Rosacea or any skin condition ( See the full list here ) can be very traumatic, especially if it’s a long-term condition. Like many skin conditions such as Eczema and Lupus, the physical symptoms are just one factor to deal with. The emotional side of living with a skin condition can sometimes be overlooked but can be just as important if not more so.
Long-term ( Chronic ) conditions have been proven to have a connection with mental health and depression. We receive lots of emails and published many blogs/articles that document peoples personal struggle with their condition and depression.
Here’s a good example of this: READ HERE
It’s vitally important to try to come to terms with the fact that you have a chronic condition such as Rosacea and you will need to manage the condition long-term. Only when you come to terms with this will you stop looking for a QUICK FIX or MIRACLE CURE and focus on the correct path for controlling your Rosacea.
Millions of people worldwide have Rosacea, so you’re not alone. Please visit our main website (OurEczemaStory) to read some very helpful blogs sent to us by brave people who suffer from a range of skin conditions. These blogs will help you understand the difficulties you may face but also show you the positives that can come from coming to terms with your condition and preparing yourself for the tough and sometimes long battle ahead of you.
There’re good examples of people who have managed their condition so well, that you would hardly notice they even have rosacea at all.
My wife is one such example, by using a facial wash twice a day for over two years you wouldn’t notice now that she ever had bad Rosacea in the middle of her face made. And made worse but wearing glasses that rubbed and made her nose sore and often lead to IMPETIGO. However, if she breaks away from her daily routine the symptoms come back very quickly.
Where can I get more information about rosacea?
- Your Doctor or GP will be able to give you help and advice.
- National Rosacea Society
- Facebook support groups ( Eczema & Other skin conditions )
- British Skin Foundation
- Oureczemastory ( Our sister website dedicated to Blog written by sufferers of skin conditions
Please feel free to comment below and share your experience dealing with Rosacea or any other skin condition. REMEMBER… SHARING IS CARING!!