Do you suffer from a persistent red face? Rosacea and redness is a skin disorder that affects roughly 10% of the population. It affects individuals of all ages and skin types. However, the condition is most common in fair-skinned people who flush or blush easily and has been found to be more prevalent in those of northern or eastern European descent. In addition, while more women are affected, the skin disorder tends to be more severe in men.
Rosacea is characterized by reddened raised skin patches, visible blood vessels, small red solid bumps, and pus-filled pimples. While rosacea often appears similar to acne, there are no blackheads, and rosacea can be accompanied by swelling and pain.
People of any age can be affected by rosacea, but studies have found that it most commonly appears after the age of 30. Generally speaking, it begins as a flushing or redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead. Over time, this redness worsens and becomes more persistent. Left untreated, other symptoms may appear, such as pimples, a thickening of skin on the nose, and reddening of the eyes.
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Subtypes of Rosacea
The flushes and pustules associated with rosacea change the look of the face, often making patients self-conscious about their appearance. Unfortunately, make-up only irritates the skin and makes the problem worse, so concealer isn’t an effective option.
Medical experts and dermatologists have identified four different subtypes of rosacea:
Subtype 1 – Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea: Symptoms include persistent redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels
Subtype 2 – Papulopustular Rosacea: Symptoms include raised red bumps and pimples, often filled with pus
Subtype 3 – Phymatous Rosacea: Symptoms include red skin plaques (raised skin patches) and skin thickening, often leading to an enlarged nose due to excess tissue
Subtype 4 – Ocular Rosacea: Occurs when rosacea manifests in and around the eyes. Symptoms include sties, burning, tearing up, dry eye, swollen eyelids, and corneal damage, which can lead to vision loss
Patients with rosacea can experience several of these subtypes at once, or they may occur one by one. Although rosacea doesn’t necessarily evolve from one subtype to another, each individual symptom can worsen, progressing from mild to moderate to severe.
Because of the potential long-term effects, it’s recommended that patients who may be suffering from rosacea seek early diagnosis and treatment to minimize the impact of the condition.
Rosacea can have a severe impact on the psychological well being of sufferers. While rosacea is considered an incurable skin condition, there are treatments that can effectively control symptoms and prevent them from getting worse.
To provide a gentle and safe treatment for all types of rosacea, we use IPL photofacials. The IPL photofacial treatment uses intense pulsed light to penetrate the skin and targets the darker rosacea areas with intense light.
The light heats and then causes minor damage to pigmented areas and visible blood vessels, and triggers the body’s natural healing response. As the body repairs the damage, the targeted areas are reabsorbed and vanish, leaving behind clear skin.
There are some medical grade skincare products that can help too. We offer a SkinCeuticals Rosacea Skincare Package to augment your daily skincare regimen. It’s everything you need to keep flare-ups under control.