Signs and symptoms of Rosacea include:
- Red areas on your face with the tendency to flush or blush easily
- Visible small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks (Telangiectasia)
- Small, red bumps or pustules on your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin
- Red, bulbous nose (Rhinophyma)
- Burning or gritty sensation in your eyes (Ocular Rosacea) Rosacea
- Rosacea usually appears in phases.
- Rosacea may begin as a simple tendency to flush or blush easily, then progress to a persistent redness in the central portion of your face, particularly your nose. This redness results from the dilation of blood vessels close to your skin’s surface.
- As signs and symptoms worsen, vascular rosacea may develop — small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks swell and become visible (Telangiectasia). Your skin may become overly sensitive. Vascular rosacea may also be accompanied by oily skin and dandruff
- Small, red bumps or pustules may appear and persist, spreading across your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. This is sometimes known as Inflammatory Rosacea.
- In addition, about one in two people with Rosacea experience ocular Rosacea — a burning and gritty sensation in the eyes. Rosacea may cause the inner skin of the eyelids to become inflamed or appear scaly, a condition known as conjunctivitis.
- Left untreated, rosacea may get worse over time. However, in most people Rosacea is cyclic. This means your Rosacea may flare up for a period of weeks to months and then lessen for a while before flaring up again. Besides Acne, Rosacea can be mistaken for other skin problems such as skin allergy or Eczema.
Risk Factors of Rosacea:
Though the exact causes of Rosacea remain a mystery, a number of factors can aggravate Rosacea or make it worse by increasing blood flow to the surface of your skin. Some of these factors include:
- Hot drinks or foods
- Spicy foods
- Temperature extremes
- Stress, anger or embarrassment
- Strenuous exercise
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure and hot flashes
- Hot baths, saunas
Corticosteroids and drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications