Rosacea is a progressive inflammatory skin condition that typically shows as redness, inflammation, sometimes irritation, flushing and sometimes spots and acne. It is often mistaken for acne, eczema, periorbital dermatitis, or an allergic skin reaction. Other symptoms include blushing easily and eye problems.
Commonly, the cheeks are the first part of the face to be affected, although in some cases it is the nose. Other areas are the chin, and the area between the eyebrows. It is increasingly common in women as they proceed into peri-menopause. Men often suffer more severely, although there is some question as to why this is – one theory is that they do not take care of their skin as carefully, and tend to spend more time outside.
Many people live with rosacea with no problems, but for some people it can damage confidence and be quite debilitating. Stress, and certain foods and drinks can worsen symptoms, such as dairy products, spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol. Sun exposure can also make the symptoms worse. It is worth trying to work out your triggers.
It is a progressive condition, meaning that without treatment, it will get worse, and there is currently no cure. However with the right skin care and treatments, it can be controlled and managed.