“The diagnosis of rosacea is quite common, especially in young adult women. This skin condition is caused by vasodilation of the peripheral vessels of the face. As there is more blood flow, the face becomes red,” says Dr. Patricia Giglio, a dermatologist at our clinic, who provides more details on this skin condition.
What are the symptoms of rosacea?
- Rosacea is more common on the face and some of its signs can be confused with the effects of acne, due to the appearance of red pimples or pimples with yellowish content.
- Persistent facial redness, especially in the area of the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin.
- Irritation and itching.
- Visible blood vessels in the skin (telangiectasias)
- Thickened and unevenly textured skin, in advanced cases
- Eye symptoms such as dryness, itching and burning (ocular rosacea or rosacea conjunctivitis) may occur.
Measures to prevent or reduce the symptoms of rosacea:
- Use sunscreen with an adequate protection factor (at least SPF 50), applying it, especially on affected areas.
- Avoid triggers such as sun exposure, extreme heat, spicy foods, coffee, black tea, dark sodas, hot drinks, alcohol, and stress.
- Use mild, fragrance-free skin care products.
- Keep your skin well hydrated to prevent dryness and reduce irritation.
- Proper cleansing of the face with micellar water or cleansers for sensitive skin is essential.
- Although rosacea is not completely curable, there are treatments that can manage the disease very well, if followed correctly. These treatments can be based on the use of topical antibiotics, such as face creams, and oral antibiotics. Medications are also used to control the mite on the skin.
- Alternative therapies may also be an option. In some situations, vascular-type lasers may help reduce redness.
If you suspect you may have rosacea or have already been diagnosed, it is important to see a dermatologist to identify the level of the condition and receive appropriate treatment.
Dr. Patricia Giglio
Dermatologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma