While many individuals worry about wrinkles and smile lines or nasolabial folds, both of which are part of the aging process, so many more, especially those who have reached the age of 30, are concerned with the chronic and more likely life-disruptive facial skin disorder that is called Rosacea.
Many individuals, aged above 30 years old, begin to notice that they blush or flush more often. Surprisingly, however, the redness, which become more persistent and ruddier overtime, also tend to affect not only their cheeks, but their chin, nose, forehead, scalp, ears, neck and chest too. Worse, besides the redness, blood vessels, likewise, begin to become more visible.
This facial redness is the first sign of rosacea, which usually affects fair skinned individuals who easily flush or blush. And while women develop it more than men, it is in men that the symptoms of the disorder are diagnosed to be more severe. In some instances, even the eyes become affected, causing feelings of eye irritation and appearing bloodshot or watery.
Leaving rosacea untreated can lead to the development of pimples and bumps; it can also make the nose grow swollen and bumpy, a condition called rhinophyma. The cause of rosacea is unknown, thus no cure is known for it; it can be controlled, however, and its signs and symptoms, reversed or controlled.
One of the most effective ways of treating the facial skin disorder is through Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial treatment. Treatment of rosacea depends on the patient’s skin type and usually requires 3 – 5 sessions that are spaced 4 weeks apart from each other – this is for optimal redness reduction. While each session takes only minutes, the effect can last for months or years, depending on how well the patient complies with the use of recommended sunscreens.
Those who suspect that they may have the facial skin disorder are advised to see a dermatologist an aesthetic doctor for the appropriate treatment. According to a consensus arrived at by a committee of 17 medical experts from around the world, rosacea has primary and secondary symptoms. Its primary signs include flushing, persistent redness, bumps and pimples and visible blood vessels, while its secondary symptoms may include eye irritation, burning or stinging, dry appearance of facial skin, plaques or red patches, skin thickening, facial swelling, and redness on the scalp, ears, neck and/or chest.