The National Rosacea Society has declared April as Rosacea Awareness Month to alert the public to the warning signs of this chronic and often progressive facial disorder now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans.
In an effort to help spread awareness of this skin disorder, we will focus on the basic signs and symptoms of Rosacea, a condition that is often misdiagnosed. Then, below, we have included a number of links for more information about Rosacea. Please click them and pass them on so we can all particiate in Awareness this April!
Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea
Rosacea is a chronic, often inherited, vascular and inflammatory skin disorder that results in episodes of flushing (like blushing) that can worsen over time if left untreated. Rosacea affects more than 16 million Americans, many of whom don’t know they have the condition.
There are primary and secondary features of Rosacea, a condition that typically affects the face. It is not necessary for all these symptoms to be present for a diagnosis of Rosacea, but it is helpful to know what they are:
Flushing– Persistent redness of the skin and a history of frequent flushing (blushing) is the most common indicator of Rosacea. Facial flushing is caused by the swelling of the blood vessels under the skin. This “red mask” appears on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead.
Bumps or pimples on the face – Not to be confused with acne, the facial skin may have a rash of pimples or dome-shaped red papules with or without a pustule. These most often appear in patches or crops.
Telangiectasia – Small dilated blood vessels that are bright red in color and appear near the surface of the skin or in the mucous membranes. These are tiny and develop primarily around the nose, cheeks and chin. Although this is listed as a primary sign of Rosacea, the appearance of the dilated blood vessels is not necessary for a diagnosis.
Red, watery, or irritated eyes – Rosacea can also cause a persistent burning and feeling of grittiness in the eyes – inflamed and swollen eyelids with small inflamed bumps. Eye lashes sometimes fall out and eye can appear bloodshot.
Other symptoms include:
- Dry, tight, or itchy facial skin
- A burning or stinging sensation in the face
- Thickening skin on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead
Rosacea is aggravated by many different factors, including sunlight, physical exercise, mental stress, sinus and allergy conditions, hot liquids, spicy foods, extremes in temperature, and alcohol that is either topically applied or orally consumed.
At RosaceaFacts.com you can take the Rosacea Quiz – simply click the link to visit their site and take a quick quiz to determine if your signs and symptoms are those typical of Rosacea.
For more information, please visit the National Rosacea Society and read our related articles below.
- Types of Rosacea (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- Seeing Red! Treating Dilated Facial Veins (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- Coping with Rosacea (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- Covering the Signs of Rosacea (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- Living with Rosacea (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- The Face of Rosacea (healthyskinsolutions.com)