How Does Rosacea Affect Your Body?

Rosacea usually affects your facial skin but can appear on your neck and chest areas. The facial structures that are most affected by rosacea are the cheeks, chin, forehead, nose and eyes. Untreated rosacea can lead to nose disfigurement.

Rhinophyma:

This is the complication from rosacea that affects the nose area. It is a growth of thickened skin that occurs in the later years of rosacea and is usually from letting rosacea go untreated. The thick bumps usually appear on the lower half of the nose and possibly the nearby cheek areas. This complication usually happens to males. Treatment usually requires surgical or laser repair.

Rosacea Ocular:

This is a complication from rosacea that affects the eyes and appears much like conjunctivitis. Damage to the cornea can result if left untreated. If damage occurs to the cornea, it is called rosacea keratitis. This condition can impair the individual's vision.

Rosacea Facts:

The cause of rosacea is unknown. The early stage of rosacea usually only involves a blush or flush that is prolonged in nature, resulting in reddened skin. Emotional factors can trigger the blush such as anger, fear, anxiety even stress.

Environmental factors can also trigger rosacea such as harsh winds, extreme cold or hot temperatures. Changes in humidity can also trigger rosacea. Extreme heat exposure from the sun can aggravate rosacea.

Rosacea is not acne. Medication used to treat acne is not appropriate to treat rocacea. It can in fact irritate the skin if you use acne medications on your skin when what you have is rocacea. Irritating your skin will worsen your rosacea.

Proper treatment for rosacea consists of both oral antibiotics and a topical anti-inflammatory/antibiotic such as metrocream. The topical cream is used to treat the redness and the inflammation. Other topical antibiotic creams used to treat rosacea are: erythomycin and clindamycin (cleocin). Some short-term usage of steroid – topical cortisone preparations have been used to reduce the inflammation. Doctors have been experimenting with other topical treatments such as Retin-A, or Accutane.

What You Should Avoid If You Have Rosacea:

  • Try to avoid touching your face as doing so can irritate the skin and worsen your condition.
  • Certain cosmetics, hair sprays, toners and astringents can irritate the skin.
  • Avoid harsh soaps, facial cleansers that are drying or contain alcohol.
  • Avoid applying moisturizers until after your topical medication has dried.
  • Avoid extreme heat as that can lead to overheating and flushing of the face.
  • Avoid all foods and drinks that are very hot or food that is spicy

In Summary:

The physical ways that rosacea affects your body can play havoc with your mental and emotional responses to how people look at you. Embarrassment over the state of your complexion can lead to more stress and blushing which further aggravates your rosacea.

Seeking medical intervention is the best thing you can do because without treatment rosacea worsens.

There is no cause yet to be determined for rosacea, and the condition is long-term. There is hope though as individuals who have rosacea can learn how to avoid triggers and use facial cleansers, moisturizers and sun block that does not contain any skin irritations. Dermatologists can prescribe both oral and topical medications that can bring relief from the symptoms of rosacea.