Rosacea is a skin disorder, characterized by the following symptoms:
- Persistent, red flush or acne-like breakouts on the cheeks, nose, mouth and forehead.
- Extreme sensitivity (including burning and swelling) to topical treatments and products.
- Soreness, irritation or swelling of the eyelids, which can result in blurred vision.
- Dry skin.
- Blemish-like bumps on the affected area.
Extreme cases of rosacea can lead to rhinopyhma, a condition that causes the nose to swell or enlarge and have a red, bulbous appearance.
There is no cure for Rosacea however you can be proactive by shielding your skin from potential triggers:
- Avoid excessive sun exposure, and always wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
- Don’t eat hot or spicy foods.
- Stay out of the hot tub or sauna.
- Shield skin from extreme weather, including wind and cold.
- Don’t wash skin with hot or extremely cold water.
- Forgo harsh exfoliants, paraffin masks and steam treatments.
- Use products intended for sensitive skin.