You may not realize this but acne rosacea is a very common condition…
…that, according to the National Rosacea Society, has affected approximately 16 million Americans.
The disease is most prevalent in middle-aged Caucasians woman with a fair complexion, however, men are also susceptible to the disease as well, and so are all skin types.
Rosacea can have a negative impact on the quality of your life.
I should know because it has negatively affected my life.
When I first got diagnosed with rosacea several years ago I became very depressed because I did not know the symptoms of rosacea…
I have to admit that I was desperate to find out what was wrong with my skin….
So, like many of you, I scoured the internet looking for answers.
It didn’t take long for me to determined that the red blotchy bumps on my cheeks were actually symptoms of rosacea.
What Causes Rosacea?
Unfortunately, If you are suffering from rosacea you probably already know that as time goes by the rosacea gets worse.
Especially if the skin ailment goes untreated or not diagnosed.
But the truth is that the real cause of rosacea is unknown.
What is known is that the cause of rosacea may be related to the tendency of a person to blush or flush.
The blush look is a result of the dilation of blood vessels which causes increased blood near the surface of the skin.
This is why people with fair skin are more susceptible to the condition.
Some people feel that rosacea is caused by alcohol…
…and it is true that wine or hard liquor may trigger a rosacea flare up but there are many triggers that may cause rosacea to begin or get worse.
- extreme hot or cold weather
- spicy food.
- hot weather
- hot showers
- cold weather
Each person is different and you will have to discover your own triggers by trial and error unfortunately.
My main trigger is red wine among other things.
I still drink red wine but at least I know what is going to happen to me when I do.
For me, the skin condition started out as a minor blushing around the cheeks.
The rosy cheeks that I had in my twenties had suddenly developed into raised red patches of facial swelling and inflammation.
At first, I thought that the red blotches and small bumps that appeared on my cheeks were actually caused by the weather or even razor burn…
I figured that something had irritated my skin but I was not sure exactly what it was.
I thought this for many weeks until I realized that the rosacea symptoms of red blotchy bumps were not going away and, in fact, my skin was getting worse.
The rosacea had actually spread to my forehead and to a lesser extent my scalp.
I started to really get nervous and depressed because I had no idea what was happening to me.
I started to think that I had acne, which is what most adult people think before they get diagnosed with rosacea from a dermatologist.
In fact, rosacea is sometimes referred to adult acne.
My rosacea symptoms were pretty bad but, through my research, I have read that some rosacea patients experience even harsher rosacea symptoms.
For example, some people experience thickened skin, swelling of the face, raised red patches, and even spreading to the chest, neck and ears.
Never the less, the thought of having adult acne or rosacea horrified me because I never had skin problems before.
Of course, when I was a teenager, I had my share of pimples but it was nothing that Clearasil couldn’t handle.
Now I had blotchy red bumps over the majority of my face including my nose, cheek, and forehead and I started to freak out.
There is no treatment to eliminate rosacea completely…
- Certain topical applications can reduce pain and redness.
- Oral antibiotics have proven beneficial in certain cases especially in the case of ocular rosacea.
I was prescribed antibiotics to be taken orally in addition to clindamycin phosphate topical lotion.
This combination of treatments has proven to relieve my rosacea symptoms.
In addition there are natural remedies you can try to find rosacea relief.