Rosacea: A Common Skin Issue That Can Be Handled

Rosacea is a common skin condition affecting many adults across the world, but more especially those of Caucasian origin or those with a fair skin. Overall, rosacea affects close to 45 million people all over the world. The main signs of rosacea are a pink or red facial skin, pink or irritated eyes, small red bumps that may contain pus, cysts, and small dilated blood vessels.

Some people make the mistake of dismissing the symptoms of rosacea thinking it is just that they have a sensitive skin which flushes or blushes easily. Others assume that they can simply outgrow the condition; however, unlike traditional or teenage acne, there is no guarantee that those with the condition can just outgrow it. That is why former U.S. President Bill Clinton, W.C. Fields, and the Princess of Wales had the disease even in their prime. Thus, it is important that when a person starts to manifest the symptoms indicating he might be afflicted by the condition, they see a dermatologist who will correctly diagnose rosacea by examining the skin and eyes before prescribing the appropriate treatment.

While there is no known cure for rosacea, our dermatologist professional colleague in Orange County CA says there are a number of treatments the trusted OC dermatologist may recommend to obviate flare-ups, suppress the symptoms, and accordingly remedy the damage that the condition might have already caused on the skin. Moreover, dermatologists may remove the thickening skin which may appear on the patient’s nose and other parts of his face with dermabrasion, lasers, as well as electrocautery (a process that involves the sending of an electric current inside the skin to treat it.)

Rosacea is more prevalent in women than in men, people aged between 30 and 50, those with a history of acne, and those who have someone in their family tree with severe acne or rosacea. While it is not yet clear what exactly causes rosacea, scientists have come by important clues as to what the causes might be. Some of the clues are as enumerated below:



Most folk who have family members suffering from rosacea are more likely to contract the condition as well. Studies point to a possibility of people inheriting the genes for rosacea.


The Immune System

Studies have shown that people with the rosacea that resembles acne may react to a bacterium known as bacillus oleronius, a reaction that may prompt their immune system to overreact. Scientists are not certain if that can cause rosacea.

But all these studies on the cause of rosacea are inconclusive. It will be easier to treat the condition if scientists could find out what causes it in the first place. But for now, the best those with this condition can do is to observe a few tips, and by so doing, they might be able to ameliorate the condition. For example, a person suffering from the condition could find out what triggers their rosacea. There are so many things which can cause rosacea to flare up, for example, sunlight, some foods, and beverages, stress, etc. And it is noteworthy that what may cause one person’s rosacea to flare up may not trigger a flare up for another person. Therefore, knowing and avoiding the triggers can significantly reduce the flare ups.