If you are experiencing persistent bumpy flush somewhere around the center of your face that burns and is slightly swollen, then rosacea may be the cause. It resembles acne or eczema, but it’s an entirely different facial skin inflammation problem.
Rosacea usually appears in phases, during which your face reddening condition steadily worsens. And if left untreated, rosacea rarely clears up on its own.
Some other rosacea symptoms you may encounter include:
- tend to flush easily
- red lines under skin
- red bumps may have pus inside
- small blood vessels on nose, cheeks
- solid bumps that may become painful
- skin thickening on forehead, chin, cheeks
- nose becomes red, large, bumpy ~ mostly men
Around half of those who have rosacea are afflicted with eye health problems that may cause:
- light sensitivity
- excessive tears
- gritty (sand) sensation in eyes
- inflamed, scaly, crusty, swollen eyelids
Risk factors for rosacea are being fair skinned, frequent flushing and a family history.
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, yet it’s believed to be aggravated by increased skin surface blood flow and certain environmental factors, like:
- spicy food
- hot food, drink
- hot bath, sauna
- strenuous exercise
- menopause ~ hot flashes
- stress, anger, embarrassment
- extreme hot, cold temperatures
- blood vessel dilating drugs ~ some blood pressure medications
Rosacea may happen because blood vessels expand too easily, causing flushing.
Because of rosacea’s escalating face redness nature, early treatment is aptly more effective. Completely ridding your face of red bumps or facial redness forever is not probable, but lessening these inflammatory symptoms is possible.
Rosacea health treatment often calls for a blending of prescription drugs and lifestyle changes. Medications may involve:
- steroid eyedrops
- topical antibiotics, tretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid
- isotretinoin ~ inhibits sabaceous gland oil production, possible serious side effects
- oral antibiotics for anti-inflammatory properties, not bacteria infection eradication ~ tetracycline, minocycline, erythromycin
Typically red bump improvement is noticeable within a couple of months, while redness and flushing might not be alleviated as much. And because symptoms often recur, regular treatment will likely be necessary.
Laser surgery, intense pulsed light and electrosurgery may be advised to reduce blood vessel visibility and remove tissue buildup. This form of treatment routinely improves your appearance without much facial scarring or skin damage.
Your part in the process of treating rosacea is to identify and then avoid stuff that causes a flare up. Causers for face redness flushing and red bumps differ immensely. However, here are some initial suggestions for preventing flare-ups:
- no alcohol
- prevent overheating
- wear at least a SPF 15 sunscreen
- try using a barrier-repair skin product
- avoid touching, rubbing face too much
- use noncomedogenic facial skin products
- wear scarf around face when outdoors in the cold
- use a gentle cleanser to wash your problem areas
- don’t use facial products containing alcohol, acids, other skin irritants
If you’re considering dietary supplements or any alternative therapy to treat your rosacea, always discuss the plan with your health care professional before starting the regime.
FYI: Title of doctor specializing in skin is dermatologist.