Understanding Rosacea

Understanding Rosacea

This month on Lookfantastic, we are talking about Rosacea.  It is one of the most poorly understood conditions yet quite prevalent as it can affect as many as 1 in 10 people in certain parts of the world.  Due to the nature of how it presents itself, it often goes misdiagnosed or gets confused with other skin conditions such as eczema and lupus.

Understanding Rosacea

Rosacea usually displays itself as episodes of flushing across your cheeks (which tend to give you a blushing pink rash). This then starts to accompany other symptoms over time.  These include sensitivity in that area, a burning or stinging sensation, discolouration, and the appearance of visible blood vessels. Acne and pimples can also present themselves.

The symptoms improve and worsen at certain times with bursts of periods where your symptoms may be quite severe.

What are the Causes?

There is no known cause of Rosacea, although many believe it to be genetic, and therefore hereditary. One of the most accepted causes of Rosacea is linked to a defect in the blood vessels (telangiectasia) of your face. This results to over dilation, and therefore the appearance of vessels and redness. It is often seen in people with very fair skin that is more prone to sunlight, and therefore is common across Europe and Northern America.

Exposure to sunlight and extreme weather has been linked as main triggers but other social triggers have also been identified. These include poor management of stress, lack of sleep, a poor diet, large volumes of alcohol and caffeine, as well as the consumption of hot drinks and spicy foods and vigorous exercise.

Other Complications

Along with affecting your cheeks, Rosacea can lead to other complications as well.  Many sufferers often have eye symptoms which seem similar to conjunctivitis or hay fever.  The eyes tend to get red, sore and itchy, which can also lead to them feeling gritty.  Some people also develop sensitivity to light, while others can suffer from more severe conditions such as keratitis. This can then sometimes lead to vision impairment.  Some people also can also experience swelling around eyes.

Over time, your skin may start to thicken and become quite rough if not looked after properly. This can cause an overgrowth of your sebaceous glands and lead to problems such as acne.

Don’t forget to come back on the 7th to discover my top tips on how to treat Rosacea. If you have any further questions about Rosacea or are worried about your skin concerns and would like further information then email me at



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