What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a very common, stubborn, inflammatory skin disease that mainly affects the face, and is therefore cosmetically particularly disturbing. The earliest symptom of rosacea is redness of the skin in the middle part of the face (nose, forehead, chin), which may initially be temporary, lasting a few minutes, and may be a feeling of warmth, but later the skin redness remains permanent. Spider-web-like red capillaries become visible. Sunlight usually makes symptoms worse. A common consequence of rosacea is the appearance of acne-like purulent pimples and nodules on the face. Rosacea is a common disease, 1 in 20 people suffer from facial redness!
Common triggers of rosacea symptoms include spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, temperature changes, sun exposure or wind, and stress. The reason for its formation is unknown. The condition can be inherited. It can appear at any age, but most often between the ages of 30 and 55.
Can rosacea be treated?
The first step in the treatment of rosacea is to avoid the triggering factors that can worsen the already developed condition. Common triggers: certain foods (such as gluten, liver, yogurt, cheese, spicy and chili foods), direct sunlight, extreme weather, alcohol, hot drinks, stress, heavy physical exercise and hot flashes/menopause. Some skin care products (especially those containing alcohol – e.g. toners) can also aggravate already developed rosacea. Products containing anti-inflammatory ingredients (such as aloe vera, arnica, calendula, chamomile, cucumber, green tea, licochalone, red algae, thyme, zinc) respond well to the symptoms of rosacea. Mild rosacea can be treated with topical antibiotics. Redness and acne-like symptoms can be treated with antibiotic creams and tablets. Treatment of rosacea: prolonged systemic antibiotic therapy is required. Topical steroids help in the beginning, but in the long run they make the symptoms of rosacea worse. In the case of rosacea treatment, skin redness and capillaries can also be corrected with a laser.
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