What is Acne Rosacea?
Acne Rosacea is a common inflammatory disease of the face – particularly affecting the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. In its early stages it most often causes red pimples and pus-filled cysts similar to those seen in ordinary teenage acne. Rosacea is a long-term disorder and usually lasts for at least several years. Typically, flare-ups alternate with periods of less activity. Over time, permanent redness of the face appears, particularly the cheeks and nose; potentially scars develop. The exact cause of Acne Rosacea is not known but it is thought to be similar in some respects to teenage acne. It is definitely known not to be contagious. The skin disease may, in rare cases, be associated with an inflammation of the eyelids known as blepharitis. Despite the fact that Rosacea is not a medically serious condition, if left untreated the condition can potentially be a life-disruptive disorder and impact adversely on self-esteem.
The National Rosacea Society surveyed its 158,000 newsletter subscribers. Rosacea sufferers who responded to that survey ranked the factors which aggravate their disease in order of importance:
Strong direct sunlight , Emotional stress or anxiety, Hot weather, especially hot, humid weather , Highly seasoned, spicy foods, Exercise and exertion, Cold weather, especially exposure of the face to cold wind, Hot baths, Hot beverages in large quantities and abundant use of very hot foods such as soups, hot pizza and Alcoholic beverages in more than minimal quantities.
The following foods were listed: eggplant, spinach, avocados, bean pods, chocolate, vanilla, soy sauce, vinegar, citrus fruits, bananas, red plums, tomatoes, raisins and figs. Yeast extracts sometimes caused trouble, though bread was not reported.
Although there is no “cure” for Rosacea, our skin care professionals can discuss treatment options and customize a regimen individualized to you and your needs. Options can include topical anti-inflammatroy and antibiotic creams/lotions, pills, facials and laser therapy.