What Is Rosacea? All You Need To Know
Rosacea is a commonly occurring skin condition among both the North American and Northern European populations. It has a tendency to affect fair-skinned people more often than those with darker complexions, and it is possible that there is a hereditary aspect to the condition. However, the true cause of rosacea is unknown.
People who have rosacea can display symptoms as early as in their 20s, although it most often appears at an older age, between 30 and 60 years of age. There are several forms of rosacea, with each varying widely in symptoms and demographic. For example, sub-type 3 rosacea is much more likely to affect men in their 50s whereas sub-type 1 is much more common in women.
Although rosacea can become painful and itchy, and some people may experience a burning sensation across the affected area, it is usually only a cosmetic skin disorder.
Having said this, we at Finca understand how badly rosacea can affect an individual’s self-confidence, ability to feel comfortable in their own skin, and ultimately, their quality of life.
Despite us not fully understanding why people get rosacea, there are a number of so-called rosacea triggers, such as spicy foods and getting overheated, which are likely to exacerbate the condition and set-off a nasty bout of it. While these triggers can be difficult to avoid, there are measures which can be taken to prevent flare-ups.
Find out more about rosacea triggers in our guide.
Is There A Cure for Rosacea?
Unfortunately, rosacea is a chronic skin condition and there is no cure which will rid you of rosacea for life. However, there are a number of ways to treat rosacea and several options you can take to improve the condition.
We at Finca Skin Organics have developed our own range of rosacea treatments which have seen our customers drastically improve their condition, restoring their self-confidence and allowing them to get on with their lives.
What Forms of Rosacea Are There?
When most people think of rosacea, they picture a flushed face, possibly with visible blood vessels under the surface. However, there are no less than four different sub-types of rosacea, each manifesting themselves in distinctly different ways. These four sub-types each go by different names:
Erythematotelangiectatic (ETR) Rosacea | Sub-Type 1
The typically thought of form of rosacea. Women in their 30s and above are usually the most likely to get this form of the skin condition, just like me. Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea, which we will now refer to as ETR rosacea (for obvious reasons), is characterised by the following symptoms:
- prolonged flushing of the face,
- a persistent background redness across the center of the face,
- small dilated blood vessels just under the surface of the skin.
These symptoms are a direct consequence of hyperemia, which is an increase in blood flow through capillaries near the surface of the skin. While this form of rosacea is rarely painful, it can cause visible changes to the skin which can cause embarrassment and a loss in confidence.
For more information about our natural products which can help with this form of rosacea, take a look at our ETR Rosacea collection.
Acne Rosacea | Sub-Type 2
So-called due to the red acne-like breakouts on the surface of the skin, usually on the cheeks and nose. Acne rosacea is also known as papulopustular rosacea due to the pustules that appear, some yellow and pus-filled.
It has been thought that demodex mites could be the cause of acne rosacea as it is found that people with the condition have an increased number of them living on their face near sebaceous glands and hair follicles. Antibiotics have been found to be a good treatment for acne rosacea strengthening this theory, but some argue that this is simply due to their anti-inflammatory properties.
We at Finca have developed our own very successful range of all-natural treatments to alleviate the symptoms of acne rosacea, take a look at our Acne Rosacea collection for more information.
Rhinophyma | Sub-Type 3
Rhinophyma, also known as whiskey nose, is a form of rosacea where the sebaceous glands under the surface of the nose become enlarged, resulting in them forming together and thus making the nose swell. It is thought to be a consequence of a build-up of lymph fluid and not, as was commonly thought, due to excessive drinking. Rhinophyma tends to affect men over the age of 50.
Although rhinophyma is the most difficult of the four rosacea types to treat, much can be done to reduce redness and inflammation to some extent. Take a look at our Rhinophyma collection to find out about products which can help ease the condition without resorting to surgery.
Ocular Rosacea | Sub-Type 4
Ocular rosacea is usually developed alongside another form of rosacea and affects more than half of all rosacea sufferers. It can be categorized by:
- dry, itchy eyes,
- inflammation around the eyelashes,
- redness in the whites of the eyes.
Ocular rosacea symptoms usually improve as the accompanying rosacea condition affecting the skin is addressed, but it can be irritating and uncomfortable in the meantime. It is therefore advised for sufferers of type 4 to keep their eyes hydrated using dry eye drops of some kind. Take a look at our Ocular Rosacea collection for a range of products that can help you find some relief.
Not Sure What Rosacea Type You Have?
If you are unsure of what type you or a loved one may have, consult our simple infographic to find out What Is Your Rosacea Sub-Type. If you are left in any doubt, make sure to seek professional medical advice.