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Rosacea Skin Disorder by One Who Battles It
Rosacea Skin Problems
Rosacea is a skin disorder which can be very difficult to live with and has significant implications to those who suffer from it. Many people are afflicted by various skin troubles, even well into the adult years. Rosacea is a skin disorder that is often misdiagnosed, and not treated effectively.
What Exactly Is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin problem that has to do with improperly functioning blood vessels in the facial skin area. It is frequently mistaken for acne that can be severe, or even a sign of alcoholism. It is a chronic medical problem devoid of a cure (at the time of this writing). The symptoms are very real and can cause very real psychological damage if left untreated and can be quite literally physically painful. Certain cases are less severe than others, and some do advance and worsen as time passes.
What Are the Signs of Rosacea?
There are numerous symptoms of rosacea, including the following:
- Watering eyes or aggravated eyes in conjunction with the indicators mentioned below
- Thickening of the epidermis (occasionally)
- Red or swollen areas around the cheeks, forehead, nose, or even chin areas
- Tiny visible blood vessels in the facial area
- Acne breakouts or lumpy regions on the facial skin (other than whiteheads or blackheads)
- Cheeks look flushed, but are not warm to touch, so some resources say. I find personally when I am experiencing an active flush, my skin is hot to the touch.
- Inflammation of face areas
As time passes, the nose area may appear extremely red and bulbous, especially in more mature males, and occasionally rosacea appears on the chest, scalp, ears, or neck areas.
The root cause of rosacea is not identified. It seems to show up in both males and females at some point among their 20 and 40 years, although a lot of these individuals may have had a few years of “pre-rosacea” in people who tended to flush and blush easily in youth.
Factors That Can Trigger a Flush
Flushes can be triggered by a number of points, including:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Hot tubs, time in the shower and bathes
- Hot beverages
- Hot and spicy foods
- Physical activity
- Powerful emotions
- Hot flashes in menopausal women
- Reaction to lotions, scrubs, body butter, or makeup products
- By avoiding or reducing in your lifestyle the points above, can bring relief and fewer flushes, helping to alleviate symptoms or intensity levels.
Visit a dermatologist who has treated others with this particular type of skin dysfunction. Follow their recommendation. Rosacea may go into remission if you're mindful to stick to the plan recommended by your doctor. Additionally, there are other kinds of treatment options they might advise as well, mostly concerning various laser type therapies.
You’ll want to avoid using scrubs or anything harsh on the skin, including not massaging it intensely. In case your medical professional doesn’t recommend skin-care products those I’ve had good results with are:
- Dove facial wipes (used very gently)
- Neutrogena water based lotion
- Mineral cosmetics.
- Use cool water on your face
- Murad (not the acne products)
In general you'll also want to avoid using anti-aging products, as most can exacerbate symptoms. The one line I have personally found an exception to was some of the Murad skin care line, I found it soothing and did not cause a negative reaction to my skin. Of course, each person is different, so you would need to test each one carefully.
In relation to make-up tips, using a green under-base product under your mineral makeup foundation will help lower the red tones in your face.
Be hyper vigilant about using sunscreens. Think about donning hats when you’re outside which will also help shade your face from direct sunlight.
If you are experiencing an active flush, place an ice pack on your face; use a sleek cloth in between your skin and the ice pack. You need to try to get the epidermis cooled off as soon as possible. This will feel refreshing, and help to shrink blood vessels and slow the rate of blood flow pouring into your skin. I have found that after times of profound flushing time is when I tend to have an outbreak of acne. When I can get my skin cooled quickly using ice packs, it tends to ward off the acne outbreaks and puts an end to the duration of that flush.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.
Emotional Impacts of Living with Rosacea
There are some very real, emotional impacts of living with / battling rosacea to be considered as well.
I had a job in which public speaking was a portion of my responsibilities. The inherent nervousness caused by public speaking, nearly always brought on a flush, which made the situation worse. My best defense was to try to remain calm, and really load up on green undercover cosmetics, heavily.
I had people ask me if I was sunburned, of course this was in the middle of winter when there is no sunshine around.
If I'm angry, upset or embarrassed, it immediately shows on my face very pronounced. No poker face for me!
There have been times working, where I'm just minding my own business, progressing away, nothing unusual happening, no stress, when I flush for no reason. I've had people then ask if I was angry or something was wrong. It's humiliating to ask to address the obvious situation and say, "no, I just have rosacea and am having a flush episode".
I've read other situations of people who have severe rosacea, and the effects are so profound they feel as tho they can't leave their homes, both for social reasons and the embarrassment element of their appearance. Another reason it can leave some house bound, is the sheer physical pain experienced, of an intense flush that could be triggered by sunlight.
Rosacea can truly have some devastating ramifications for some people, and not just a cosmetic issue, that so many assume.