Acne Rosacea is a common, chronic, incurable, adult acne-like skin condition that commonly affects the central third of the face, especially the nose, and its intensity varies over time.
Acne Rosacea causes, more or less, the same symptoms as those caused by adult acne and Rosacea is increasingly being seen in adult men and women aged 30 and above.
Acne Rosacea, like adult acne, is characterized by acne flare-ups and remissions, and the skin condition causes an intense redness on the face. Rosacea also causes tiny red pimples, generally on the central third part of the face including the cheeks, nose, and chin, and in some cases, it can even affect the forehead.
Extreme cases of Acne Rosacea could cause a red and swollen bulbous nose, or even eye issues like swollen and itchy eyes, conjunctivitis-like-symptoms etc.
Is Rosacea Incurable?
While there is no cure for rosacea, early treatment can stop it from worsening and make it less noticeable. Also, avoiding triggers, like wine and cold weather, and following a gentle skin care regimen will help you manage flushing and other symptoms.
Also, in many cases of Acne Rosacea, the treatment is delayed because doctors have mistaken it for sunburn, or allergic reaction, and ordinary acne treatment is also known to be detrimental to rosacea, especially the over-the-counter products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
Causes of Acne Rosacea
The exact cause of rosacea is still unknown, but the basic process seems to involve dilation of the small blood vessels of the face. It is believed that rosacea patients have a genetically mediated reduction in the ability to dampen facial inflammation that is incited by environmental factors.
Rosacea tends to affect the “blush” areas of the face and a variety of triggers are known to cause rosacea to flare. Emotional factors like stress, fear, anxiety, embarrassment, etc. may trigger blushing and aggravate rosacea.
A flare-up can also be caused by changes in the weather, like strong winds, or a change in the humidity, sun exposure and sun-damaged skin are all associated with rosacea.
Intense exercise, alcohol consumption, smoking, emotional upsets, and spicy food are other well-known triggers that may aggravate rosacea, and some sufferers may also notice flares around the holidays, particularly Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Rosacea risk factors include:
- fair skin,
- easy blushing, and
- having other family members with rosacea
- female gender,
- menopause, and
- being 30-50 years of age.
Rosacea Symptoms And Signs
- redness of the face
- tiny red pimples and fine red vascular lines on the facial skin,
- Enlarged, bulbous red nose,
- eye problems, such as swollen, red eyelids, conjunctivitis, and rosacea keratitis.
Fast facts on Rosacea
- Rosacea may be mistaken for rosy cheeks, sunburn, or quite often, acne.
- Rosacea triggers include alcohol, hot or spicy foods, emotional stress, smoking, and high temperature.
- Rosacea can be a very bothersome and embarrassing condition, and untreated rosacea tends to worsen over time.
Thus, Prompt recognition and proper treatment of Acne Rosacea permit people with rosacea to enjoy life.
Remedies For Adult Acne Rosacea
- QV cream which is known to calm redness associated with rosacea
- Epsom salt baths can also soothe rosacea/adult acne redness on the body.
- Apple cider vinegar toner used regularly over the flare-ups is known to reduce them.
- Diluted Tea tree oil along with daily application of calamine lotion can help in calming Acne Rosacea /adult acne.
- Steroidal creams are also known as some of the best adult acne rosacea treatment.
- The Acne Free Redness Relief system which contains Benzoyl peroxide is known to help many patients whose rosacea is closely related to adult acne. But if reactions like burning, peeling, dryness etc occur, discontinue use.
- It is also important to avoid rosacea triggers as mentioned above. If needed, try eliminating certain foods like soya, dairy, gluten etc. and keep a food journal that will help you tick off foods that may be responsible for the Acne Rosacea.
- Taking a daily multivitamin along with essential fatty acid supplements for healthy and glowing skin is advisable, and one must avoid excess sun exposure.
Laser Therapy Rosacea Adult Acne Treatment
Intense-pulse light therapy is probably the only known adult acne rosacea treatment. Patients with mild rosacea may not require such invasive therapy, and are often asked to avoid certain trigger factors such as extreme heat, emotional stress, alcohol, dairy etc.
But in the more serious rosacea adult acne cases, dermatologists usually recommend a series of intense-pulse light therapies combined with photodynamic treatments to reduce redness.
These need to be followed along with some home skin-care regimes, as all of these methods can drastically reduce rosacea redness.
However, do note that these invasive treatments come with their share of discomfort like tingling and burning, but these symptoms can be managed using cool/ice packs, as well as anesthetic creams that help alleviate the discomfort.
Finally, Dermatologists also recommend mild facial cleansers, sulfa washes and oral and topical antibiotics to further reduce adult Acne Rosacea.