Rosacea is common skin condition that often begins with a tendency to flush or blush. Over time rosacea can be associated with a number of different symptoms and tends to take on one of the following forms:
- Erythematotelangiectatic (redness, flushing, visible blood vessels)
- Papulopustular (redness, swelling and acne-like spots)
- Phymatous (thickened, bumpy skin)
- Ocular rosacea (red and irritated eyes and eyelids)
Rosacea typically develops between the ages of 30-50 and is more common in females and those with fair skin. It is likely a combination of genetics, the immune system, and organisms such as mites that colonise the skin all play a role in the onset of rosacea. A number of triggers may also exacerbate the condition including UV exposure, extremes of temperature, exercise, certain foods, alcohol and stress.
Many of those living with rosacea may experience feelings of frustration, embarrassment and lowered self-esteem. Learning to manage the symptoms of rosacea can help improve wellbeing and confidence.