How does rosacea progress?
- Redness appears on cheeks, nose, forehead or chin that comes and goes.
- Tiny blood vessels may become visible on the surface of the skin.
- In some cases, the eyes may feel gritty.
- Facial redness becomes ruddier and more permanent.
- Pimples appear as the disease progresses. These may appear as papules (small, red, solid bumps).
- Tiny blood vessels may become increasingly visible.
- Enlarged blood vessels called telangiectasia (tel an jectaz ya) may develop. While they may produce a web-like look, they are not always visible.
- In some cases, the eyes may become bloodshot..
Advanced Stage Rosacea?
- Inflammation of the skin grows increasingly severe.
- Men especially, may develop fleshy bumps on the nose. As the number of bumps increases, the nose may appear swollen. This condition is called rhinophyma (rino fi ma).
****Why is it serious?****
- Many people believe that it is simply a complexion problem and do not seek treatment early enough.
- Most dermatologists consider that early treatment will prevent the worsening of rosacea and the formation of telangiectasia.
- Left untreated, rosacea can ravage the complexion, and seriously affect self-esteem.
****What causes Rosacea?****
- The causes are unknown.
- Various theories have suggested that rosacea is caused by bacteria, mites, a fungus, a malfunction of the connective tissue under the skin, or psychological factors, but none of these is proven.
- A person may be susceptible due to a variety of factors such as heredity and skin colour.
- The red face and nose are often mistaken for excessive alcohol intake. While consumption of alcohol may aggravate the disease, the symptoms can be just as severe in someone who doesn't drink at all.
****What aggravates Rosacea?****
- Certain things are known to aggravate or cause flare-ups of rosacea in some individuals, particularly factors which cause a rise in core body temperature.
* Exposure to the heat of the sun
* Exposure to extreme heat, cold or wind
* Consumption of hot liquids, spicy foods or alcohol (especially red wine)
* Stress can make rosacea worse, as well as anything that elevates blood pressure or causes flushing or blushing.