Dubbed “The Curse of the Celts,” rosacea tends to occur in women between the ages of 40 and 60 years old and in those with fair skin. Although many people think their skin is just sensitive, there’s a difference between sensitive skin and rosacea. Common rosacea symptoms include an oily T-zone, dry patches, spots and flaky skin. Knowledge is power, and getting to know your skin is the first step toward finding effective treatment options for symptoms of rosacea.
IS IT ROSACEA OR IS YOUR SKIN JUST RED?
Like its name suggests, rosacea is a condition involving redness of the skin. While it is normal to experience some mild skin flushing linked to embarrassment, heat, or exercise, permanently red or flushed skin is a strong indication of rosacea. Learn the 10 common causes of rosacea and how to avoid them. Rosacea interferes with how cells talk to each other and, as a result, prevents normal skin recovery and repair. In the same way, as a computer virus causes software glitches, underlying health issues can cause red, angry-looking skin. These underlying issues often involve inflammation first of all, as well as problems with immune function.
UNDERSTANDING ROSACEA SYMPTOMS
First of all, when decoding your rosacea symptoms, it is essential to understand that the skin is a complex organ. Furthermore, your skin is the largest organ in your body, and helps to remove toxins, regulate body temperature, and provides a protective barrier against infection. Skin health is, in turn, affected by the function of every other organ in the body.
Dermatologists classify rosacea into three subtypes ranging from mild (Subtype 1) to moderate (Subtype 2) to severe (Subtype 3). A fourth subtype involves the eyes.
Subtype 1: Facial redness Common symptoms of this category include flushing, persistent facial redness, stinging, swelling, rough texture and dryness.
Subtype 2: Bumps and pimples Common symptoms of this category include persistent redness, bumps and raised red patches.
Subtype 3: Enlargement of the nose Also known as rhinophyma, this is caused by the growth of excess tissue
Subtype 4: Eye irritation Common symptoms of this category include irritation and stinging, swollen eyelids and eyes that have a watery and bloodshot appearance.
Achieving and maintaining healthy skin is a complex process in rosacea, especially because there is no single cause for rosacea symptoms. Dermatologists and researchers have long suspected that rosacea symptoms are linked to chronic systemic inflammation.
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Decoding your rosacea symptoms and triggers is the first step on your journey to healthier skin. For a clearer view of your skin’s needs, and, thus, the treatment options most likely to help your rosacea symptoms, get in touch today. Use this free SKIN CHECK to get personalised advice.
Read more about the research into the symptoms of rosacea here.