Rosacea

Stages of Rosacea

In the initial stages of Rosacea, occasional attacks of intense flushing occur around the nose, cheeks, chin and ears. This tends to occur in embarrassing or anxious situations or when drinking alcohol or eating hot or spicy foods.

Mild Rosacea The flushing attacks tend to worsen becoming more prolonged, covering a wider area of skin. They are accompanied by the skin feeling hot and uncomfortable until eventually the skin on the forehead, cheeks and nose become persistently red.

Complications of Rosacea

Ocular Rosacea

Approximately 50% of people with Rosacea also have problems with their eyes. In many cases the ocular symptoms occur before the skin shows outward signs of Rosacea. The signs of ocular Rosacea can be irritated eyes and eyelids. If you believe you may be experiencing problems with your eyes as a result of Rosacea, you will need to see your G.P. who may refer you to an eye specialist. Ocular Rosacea can occur in any severity of facial Rosacea.

Broken Veins (Telangiectasia)

If the blood vessels are visible, you may be able to treat these using special lasers designed to reduce them. They are very likely, however, to return if the skin continues to flush and redden, so it must only be seen as a temporary measure.

What is Rosacea

Rosacea (pronounced rose-ay-sha) is a relatively common skin problem amongst the middle-aged population of the U.K, causing a variety of symptoms ranging from recurrent blushing attacks, progressing through permanent red skin with ‘broken veins’ to acne-like eruptions with pustules and lumps.

It tends to run in families and as a result many people mistakenly believe that their florid complexion is simply a family characteristic that they must learn to live with or a ‘healthy’, rosy complexion or an ‘outdoor’ glow.