What is Rosacea?
Rosacea looks like a rash on the cheeks, chin, forehead and nose area on the face. People with Rosacea have a tendency to flush easily and have this persistent redness, with crops of small inflamed red bumps and pus filled spots. Sometimes referred to as acne rosacea due to these spots but this is not acne!
How does the skin feel?
The skin feels sensitive, hot and can burn or sting. Rosacea is a skin inflammatory condition.
What causes Rosacea?
Many think that there is a defect in the blood vessels in the skin of the face which dilate too easily. Rosacea is also more common in women than in men and in those with a fair skin who flush easily.
Things that aggravate Rosacea are stress, sun, alcohol, exercise, high and low temperatures e.g. going from hot to cold, wind, and hot spicy foods.
In recent years I had a skin consultation with a woman in her forties and she had tried everything and listened carefully to my explanation however she loved doing Zumba 3 times a week and I saw her after her class one day – her face was extremely red. I mentioned this to her as this would aggravate her skin and told her to take up yoga – unfortunately this piece of advice wasn’t taken well!
What does Rosacea look like?
Rosacea starts with a tendency to blush and flush easily then the central area of the face becomes a deeper shade of red and stays this colour for most of the time. Small red bumps and pus spots come and go and small dilated blood vessels appear which are little broken capillaries.
Other problems with Rosacea:
I can empathize with Rosacea suffers as I had acne as a kid and like all skin problems, it’s embarrassing, depressing and you can feel anxious and not want to socialise. So please if you know anyone with Rosacea – give them a big hug.
Sometimes sufferers can experience their face swelling, especially around the eyes. Or the nose may grow big, red and bulbous due to the overgrowth of the sebaceous glands which is more common in men
Famous celebrity with Rosacea
For your info, the beautiful Cameron Diaz has it too! Now if she Can look so good, so can you!
1. Get the inflammation down
2. Wear a sunscreen every day
3. Drink lots of water
4. Cut down the alcohol
5. Take up yoga or meditation for a calming effect
6. Include as many anti inflammatory foods such as salmon, almonds, green leafy veg like spinach and kale
7.Treat your skin as sensitive and use light pressure when applying creams and lotions