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  ROSACEA - by Editor
Make yourself aware about the causes, symptoms and types of rosacea. Know about treatment for rosacea and how to avoid rosacea.


Many people go through emotional trauma and turmoil when they face skin disorders. Even a small pimple is enough to break the confidence of the most confident person. Skin disorders like eczema, acne, pimples are curable and preventable. One of the many skin problems is Rosacea. It is a serious skin disorders which can be treated and prevented. Though people have a tough time coping with skin disorders some people are exception to it. How can we forget Bill Clinton and J. P. Morgan? Both of them faced rosacea and were able to overcome it.

Rosacea is a skin disease which is common amongst white-skinned people mainly from north-western Europe. It mainly affects the face but sometimes it can be seen on neck, chest and eyes also. Sometimes it may resemble acne. Flushing and redness are the most significant signs of rosacea. Any one can get affected by rosacea. It is mostly observed amongst the people within age group of 30 to 50. To understand rosacea better continue reading.


Causes of rosacea

The exact cause of rosacea cannot be defined as research on this topic is still in progress. Here is the list of some common causes of rosacea.

Medication and drugs

It can be caused due to infection resulting form intake of some medicines and drugs. Medicines consisting amiodarone or nitroglycerine are mainly responsible for such type of infection. Both the components are used in medicines prescribed for coping with heart disorders. Some steroids can also induce rosacea.

Stress

Stress is one of the causes which can trigger rosacea. It cannot be considered as a key cause but it affects some people. Mostly it can result because of stress due to physical hard work.

Food, alcohol and beverages

Spicy food, alcoholic drinks and beverages like tea, coffee that contain caffeine can trigger rosacea. This is because spicy food, some alcoholic drinks and hot beverages cause redness of skin responsible for rosacea.

Beauty treatments

Sometimes wrinkle and acne treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion can cause redness resulting in the occurrence of rosacea. It can be a result of excessive stretching of skin during beauty treatments

Immunological disorders

Immunological disorders like detection of anti-nuclear antibodies in the bloodstream can be responsible for rosacea. HIV infected person can be more prone to rosacea because of the immunological factor.

Other contributing factors of rosacea

The factors like tough exercises, heat, sunburns, cold wind, body exposed to fluctuating temperature, ultra violate radiation, genetic factors, endocrine diseases and gastrointestinal diseases can be responsible for rosacea.


Symptoms of rosacea

Here is a list of some commonly observed symptoms of rosacea however symptoms can differ from person to person.

  • Redness of entire face, sometimes on chest and neck

  • Inflammation and burning sensation on facial skin

  • Reddish pus containing bumps, white heads and blackheads occurring on face

  • Itching and poking caused in eyes

  • Swelling of eye lids

  • Red lines and papules

  • Excessive dryness of skin

Types of rosacea

The type of rosacea faced by each individual may be different. Here are some basic types of rosacea.

Vascular rosacea

It is caused due to swelling of blood vessels in face. In this condition face becomes puffy and it feels itchy and warm. It is common in women as compared to men.

Ocular rosacea

It is a type of rosacea which affects eyes. In this type of rosacea red bumps are developed on the eye lids. The eyelids become scaly and swollen. It causes irritation and redness of eyes. Eyes are irritated due to light and loss of eye lashes can be observed in person suffering form ocular rosacea. However it does not affect vision.

Pymatous rosacea

This type of rosacea mainly affects nose. It is also known as rhinophyma. It causes the nose skin to become thick and heavy. This type of thickening hardly appears on other parts of face. It is observed more in men. It is caused when rosacea is not treated for a long span of time.

Papulopustural rosacea

This type of rosacea resembles acne. It is often referred as acne rosacea which is not a correct term for it. Red bumps and pimples are commonly observed in person suffering form this type of rosacea. The person may also suffer from red bumpy patches on face.

Treatments for rosacea

Various treatments are available for controlling rosacea. It can be controlled using laser treatments, plastic surgeries, dermabrasion, drug treatment etc. It can also be treated using natural ingredients like aloe vera, green tea cream, chamomile, rose hips, apple cider vinegar, digestives enzymes and vitamin B etc.


How to avoid rosacea

You can stay away from rosacea by taking a few precautions. Just follow some basic tips and avoid rosacea. Here's what you can do.

  • Use sunscreens and sun mask whenever you go out in during day time

  • Avoid eating spicy and hot food

  • Consult an expert before using any medicines or cosmetics

  • Note down the side effects before you undergo any beauty treatment

  • Avoid hectic schedules of exercise and do not exercise during day time
If you suffer from rosacea make sure that you treat it at the earliest. It is difficult to cure rosacea but do not lose heart. You can prevent it rather than suffering from it. There is nothing other way to conclude this, than quoting the most used saying, 'Prevention is better than cure'.


What is rosacea? What are causes and symptoms of rosacea? How to treat and avoid rosacea? To share your experiences, views, and tips, click here.

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Name: Sharmin
City:   U.S.A
Comments:   Prevent rosacea before it triggers you. It can be said in short that prevent doing all the things which cause redness of skin. Spicy and hot food, hot climate, changes in temperature can cause in rosacea. I think that most of the times skin becomes red when we scratch it or stretch it. We should avoid doing all these things if the skin is very sensitive. Some times people get confused between acne and rosacea. Both of them are different from each other. The only common thing is that they resemble each other. So we should not take rosacea for granted.
Name: Noylaa
City:   China
Comments:   After reading this article I noticed one thing that the some symptoms of ocular rosacea are similar to that of sore eyes. Can we say that both sore eyes and ocular rosacea similar? As this disease is not curable so will it get worsen if untreated for rest of the life. Today we have cures for almost all the diseases so why not rosacea. I am very sure that there must be some natural ingredients to cure rosacea too. If there is already a research undertaken on rosacea than soon we can have good remedies for rosacea. I will prefer to use natural ingredients for controlling rosacea.
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Name: Anand
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Comments:   Hey Sujata, you are right. But Rosacea does happen in India too. My wife has Acne Rosacea and it has become very difficult for her. It is easier to say to control it in the initial stages but very difficult to do it practically. And believe me, it really causes depression when you see your face with Red painful acnes...
Name: Kristen
City:   Hayden
Comments:   You cant avoid or not get rosacea. It is genetic..Ive had it since I was 14 and every woman in my family has had it. One thing I didnt see mentioned here is that it also affects the scalp. It may seem like dandruff or psoriasis but it is rosacea.
Name: Marcia C
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Comments:   My skin went crazy…it felt like it was on fire. Raw and red and such pain! I went to the dermatologist and he prescribed “MetroLotion” and all it did was burn my skin even more.( This started when I was about 48 years old—other strange health problems were happening at the same time). I started using the Made from Earth Rosehip & Hibiscus Face Serum also – and my skin is under control. The hideous raw red skin flares occaisionally…I use it daily…
Name: Helen
City:   Chattanooga
Comments:   Turmeric seems to help control my rosacea, if taken daily. I use 1tsp of turmeric in 6 to 8 ounces of warm milk. Turmeric is noted for healing many types of skin problems.
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Name: Sara
City:   India
Comments:   Hi Anand, I am also Indian and having brown skin and I am 32 years old. I had baby 5 months back. After pregnancy, I did facial after three months. My skin was dry after that. One month back, my dertalogist told me that I have Rosacea. Would you please tell me how your wife is dealing with it. Do your wife also have eye issues as well?
Name: kumar
City:   bangalore
Comments:   hi anandsara Im an indian, and I have acne rosacea, though nobody in my family has it. can you tell me about some indian products to use to reduce the flare up and sensitivity. I find most articles only about imported creams etc. please help.
Name: Revati
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Comments:   Kumar: It is best to consult a dermatologist, rather than buying any over the counter drugs or ointments. The skin is already very sensitive in case of rosacea, and you dont want to take any chances. There are types of Rosacea, and it can also be confused with acne. SO only a dermatologist can best tell you what type of treatment to follow.
Name: Srinivasan
City:   Dubai
Comments:   I have been affected by acne rosacea since 1 year, I have consulted a dermatalogist as per his recomendation it can be cured
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Comments:   Hi all, I am 27 yrs old and have been fighting skin problems for last 11 years. First few years i was told its acne coz of harmonal imbalance. But about an year ago i changed my skin specialist and he informed me saying dat i hv rosacea. Its even more dis heartening as i dont see a single person around me wid d same disease. I hv been using a lot of makeup but thats nt d way out. I tried all medicines given like isotretin but they seem to interrupt in my health a big way. I hv cried for hours, had days of depression n loads of unwanted weird advises from ppl who cn never know wat rosacea is. I need to know if anyone suffers from this so that i may know dat i m not alone. And wat cn change my life. I m tired of it. God, y was i chosen to be suffered?
Name: Dinesh
City:   Kerala
Comments:   Hello All This is a great website for Indians who suffer from ailment. I have been diagnosed with Rosacea since I was 21 by a dermatologist. I am now 38. Nobody in my family has it. My facial skin was as red as flesh. The heat, dust and humidity for India does not help. Initially I went to a dermatologist and after taking a course of tablets, it subsided for a couple of years. Then I moved to England and it started again. The doctor gave me different medications as the original one was not effective anymore. I realised that allopathic medical treatment was not the solution. I tried homeopathy and it was totally ineffective. It affected my face, eyes, scalp and even my ears. It’s just horrible! Nowadays I go for a treatment provided by Sher System in the UK. All I use is there SOS solution. Also I used a mild antidandruff shampoo for my scalp. For the past several years, its under control. I have not changed my lifestyle. I drink alcohol and eat spicy food. It still affects me sometimes, especially when I travel. But it does not bother me as much. Cheers Dinesh
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Name: Nishant
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Comments:   Posted Date 20th Jan 2012 Hi, I am a 23 year old male from India. I have a fair skin and I dont have any pimplesacne. But Whenever I go out in sun, I get discreet red colored itchy patches on my face (primarily forehead), scalp and neck, and they would typically disappear after 1015 mins as if nothing happened. For me other triggers for flusing are Spicy food, Warm room flushing, Strong emotions(anxious), hot water bath. I have had this problem for about an year now. I googled for home remedies for Rosacea and found out that a lot of people have benefitted with Lysine and Vitamin C. They took its tablets orally. I am gonna give this a try and will update you all if it works for me. Also, for reference, I would request all users to include the date whenever they make a post to this list. Because I have no idea, how old this thread is.
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Name: Shyam
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Comments:   Date: 20January2012 Hi Guys, Here is the list of medicine my doctor in San Francisco recommended and that took care of Rosacea in my case. 1. Doxycycline 150 mg tablets 30 count (find out how expensive they are. In US they are very expensive. With Insurance discount they are about $150 30 tablets in US) This is also known as Doryx or Doxycycline Hyclate. 2. Metronidazole 0.75 cream In India this is called INFECTUBEM CREAM I guess. 3. Ketoconazole 2% shampoo (in US this is 120 ml bottle) Hope this helps!
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