Rosacea is a common, chronic disorder that can present with a variety of cutaneous or ocular manifestations. Cutaneous involvement primarily affects the central face.
Signs and symptoms of rosacea
- Redness (blushing) across your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin that comes and goes
- Burning or stinging of skin
- Dry appearance of skin
- Sore eyelids or crusts around roots of eyelashes
- Thickened skin, mainly on the nose
Types of rosacea
- Papules and pustules
- Ocular features
Rosacea trigger factors
- Exposure to extremes of temperature
- Sun exposure
- Hot beverages
- Spicy foods
- Irritation from topical products
- Psychological feelings, especially anger, rage, and embarrassment
- Certain drugs, such as nicotinic acid and vasodilators
- Skin barrier disruption
Treatments for rosacea
- Prescriptions for creams and gels you put on your skin
- Taking antibiotics for 6 to 16 weeks
- Pulsed dye laser
- Avoid the common triggers listed above and any other triggers that you know worsen your symptoms.
- Use mild, unscented face cleansers to wash your face.
- Wear sunscreen every day.
- Avoid using products on your face with alcohol, acid, or other ingredients that could bother your skin.