What is rosacea? Rosacea, which is also sometimes known as acne rosacea, is a skin condition affecting the chin, nose, cheeks and forehead. It normally starts with episodes of flushing, but can progress to permanent redness, spots and visible blood vessels. In severe cases, the nose can thicken and enlarge. Eyes can become dry and sore and the sufferer can experience eyelid inflammation. It affects women more than men and typically starts between the ages of 30 and 40.
If you think you have rosacea you should see your doctor straight away as early treatment can help prevent severe symptoms from developing. What causes rosacea? There are a number of things that can trigger this condition. These vary from person to person so it’s important to identify yours in order to avoid them.Common causes include:
- Exposure to sunlight.
- Alcohol and caffeine.
- Eating certain things including spicy foods.
- Strenuous exercise.
- Cold weather and wind.
- The menopause.
- Certain medications including some used to treat high blood pressure.