Rosacea is a common yet misunderstood skin condition. It affects almost 16 million Americans commonly Caucasians. The patients of rosacea experience redness and flushing on their faces. As the condition aggravates, small pustules may accompany blushing. Though this condition is prevalent in both genders but it is more common in women of age 30 to 70 years.
The symptoms of rosacea usually start with flushing episodes (skin turning red for small time period). As the condition progress other symptoms may also appear including;
- Sensation of burning and stinging
- spots (papules and pustules)
- small blood vessels in the skin that become visible
- permanent skin redness
- Skin thickness
- Skin sensitiveness
- Dry or rough skin
Rosacea is a kind of relapsing skin condition which implies that there are certain periods when the condition is significantly severe followed by less severe periods.
Causes of Rosacea
There are no exact known causes of Rosacea. There are numerous factors which have been suggested to cause this condition perhaps a combination of these factors. Some of the major factors include;
- Abnormalities in blood vessels
- Activation of skin peptides
- According to the research of National Rosacea Society, higher number of microscopic skin mites called ‘demodex folliculorum’ on skin can cause rosacea
- Helicobacter pylori bacteria present in the digestive system causing the blood vessels to dilate
- Genetic factors
Triggering factors of Rosacea
Though these are not directly a cause of Rosacea but are found to worsen the symptoms. The most commonly reported triggers include;
- Sunlight exposure
- Tension and stress
- hot or cold weather
- strong winds
- strenuous physical activities
- alcohol consumption
- Taking hot baths
- Eating spicy foods
- Excessive Intake of Hot drinks
- Extra caffeine intake (found in tea, coffee and cola)
- the menopause
- Dairy products
- Some medical conditions
- Certain medicines, such as amiodarone, corticosteroids and high doses of vitamins B6 and B12
White patches after botox. Ever happened to you?
This lady had her frown lines treated with botox and afterwards was concerned about the white patches that appeared whenever she was hot.
Why? Just as botox can relax muscles and block sweat glands, botox can keep the small blood vessels responsible for ‘blushing’ from dilating. So while this lady only wanted to reduce her frown line, it also treated part of her facial blushing.
We know that botox can help with facial blushing but we’re also very aware that you can also relax a few too many facial muscles than you would like.