More than 16 million Americans suffer from complications related to rosacea: disorder which affects the skin and is most commonly associated with extremely dry skin, redness and swollen blood vessels. Rosacea is a chronic but treatable illness though, while physical, can also have mental implications such as depression and low self esteem related to appearance. Left untreated, rosacea becomes worse, which is why it’s important to be aware of the disease, though actual symptoms vary from person to person. Check out the most common signs below:
Flushing (or blushing) is defined as a person’s face becoming red and hot. Flushing alone is not a direct sign of rosacea, it could be spurred by emotion such as anger or embarrassment; however, if it happens frequently without provocation, it could be an initial sign of rosacea.
- Bumps and Pimples
Blemishes such as bumps and pimples can be a sign of other dermatological imbalances like acne, but in conjunction with other symptoms, like visible blood vessels, it is a strong indicator of rosacea.
Edema, or swelling caused by trapped fluids in the body’s tissue, is one of the most common signs of rosacea, especially around the nose.
- Eye Irritation
With rosacea, it’s also common to experience dry or itchy eyes. If not feeling, the appearance of the eyes as bloodshot or redness around eyelids is cause for seeing a specialist.
- Other Areas
The face is not the only place where rosacea breakouts happen. The neck, scalp, and even the chest might show some of the signs listed above. Instead of dismissing it as a scar, seek additional information.
Rosacea is most commonly not in individuals over 30 and those who are fairer skinned. However, age nor skin color rules out the possibility of the disease in your body. It’s best to receive a diagnosis from a dermatologist if you have concerns and have experienced one or more of the the symptoms listed.