A cute cherry red nose, and rosy cheeks are often portrayed as signs of the winter season. But in reality, they are most likely signs of Rosacea. (pronounced roh-ZAY-sha). Rosacea is believed to be a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that generally manifests on the face.
- Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead.
- Small visible blood vessels on the face.
- Bumps or pimples on the face.
- Watery or irritated eyes
Roseacea can take on many different appearances. The American Academy of Dermatology has a very comprehensive library of images. Click here to view.
Rosacea is not life threatening, but it can be very uncomfortable, and cause a person to be self-conscious. Some famous people who have struggled with Rosacea include President Bill Clinton, actor W.C. Fields, and Princess Diana. The cause is not known, although recent research shows it to be caused by chronic skin inflammation. There are triggers that set off Rosacea, such as temperature extremes. In the winter, it’s the cold.
Other known triggers:
- Alcohol/Spicy Food & other diet issues
- Sun Exposure
It’s important to make lifestyle changes, to limit flare-ups. More severe cases may require treatment. Laser and light therapy treatments are very effective in limiting breakouts. They won’t eliminate Rosacea, but will certainly help when administered by a qualified professional. Click here for information from my website.
Another good option are chemical peels. In my office for example, we offer several different types, based on your skin and condition. Click here for details. Rosacea never completely goes away, but can be comfortably managed with lifestyle changes and treatment.