Rosacea is a chronic skin condition, doctors aren't entirely sure what the causes of rosacea are some research suggests it could be hereditary, one survey found that 40% of people with the condition had at least one relative who suffered from it too.
The condition most commonly affects women in the 30-40 age range but men and women in other age groups can suffer from rosacea too, men with rosacea tend to suffer the symptoms more severely.
The redness that sufferers of rosacea experience is caused by the dilation of blood vessels. Rosacea is usually most noticeable in the face (on the cheeks, chin, nose and forehead) although it does sometimes effect other areas of the sufferers body too. Rosacea causes social problems for a lot of suffers, issues can arise in the sufferers work and home life. Many rosacea sufferers avoid socialising and making contact with new people, they often feel very embarrassed to suffer from the condition.
Over time rosacea will escalate and its symptoms will get worse if they are not treated, if you think you maybe a rosacea sufferer it is a very good idea to seek professional, medical attention. If it is not treated rosacea can develop to a stage where it becomes quite disfiguring, phymatous rosacea causes what is medically know as rhinophyma (a thickening of the skin) and inflammatory rosacea or papulopustular rosacea. Detailed below is a couple of forms that the condition can take in its early stages:
It is not unusual for rosacea suffers to develop eye issues, some studies have found that as many as 60% of sufferers develop eye problems. Symptoms of ocular rosacea include a dry, burning or gritty sensation in the eye. The sufferers eyelids can become inflamed, sore, swollen and scaly.
Also called erythematotelangiectatic rosacea, vascular rosacea is a form of the condition that occurs when tiny blood vessels become visible this is called telangieotasia, this can happen anywhere on the body but it is most likely to occur on the chest and the facial regions that were detailed earlier in this post.
Rosacea is not a curable condition but its symptoms can be treated. Your doctor will probably prescribe you long-term dose of antibiotics. A high dosage will usually be perscribed to begin with, as the symptoms are reduced so will the antibiotic dosage. Dietary changes can also be a very successful way to get the symptoms under control as can IPL.
Most sufferers have different dietary triggers, what causes one persons rosacea to “flare-up” may not affect another but spicy foods, coffee, other caffeinated beverages and alcohol are very common triggers. Reducing consumption of common the triggers helps many sufferers.
One London clinic has been having great success in treating rosacea through IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy and dietary changes.
Pulse Light Clinic say that they believe “effective rosacea treatment is not just about administering IPL. Understanding your triggers and how rosacea effects you plays an important role in effective symptom relief”.
On their rosacea diet page Pulse Light Clinic say they're patients have seen good results by supplementing their diet and consuming foods rich in vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9. A flaxseed supplement is a quick way to get your Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9, flaxseed contains all the essential fatty acids and doesn't cause a fishy after taste like other essential fatty acid supplements can.