Rosacea or acne rosacea is a type of skin inflammation that affects the face. Symptoms include facial redness, flushing and non-tender pustules. In men, the nose can become reddened and enlarged. The cause is unknown.

Rosacea can be a difficult condition to treat. Some of the products we compound include ingredients like Niacinamide and metronidazole.

Rosacea, or acne rosacea, is a non-contagious skin inflammation that exclusively affects the face. The small surface blood vessels (capillaries) of the skin enlarge, giving the appearance of a permanent flush. The forehead, cheeks and chin may develop yellow-headed pimples. Unlike acne, rosacea does not scar.

The condition first appears between the ages of 30 and 50 years. Frequent flushing or blushing is commonly the first sign. Over time, permanent redness (erythema) may develop as the capillaries enlarge and pustules begin to form. In men, severe rosacea can cause the nose to become reddened and enlarged (rhinophyma).

The symptoms tend to worsen with advancing age. The cause is unknown and there is no permanent cure. Overheating in bed at night may contribute to the development of rosacea.

Symptoms of rosacea

The symptoms include:

  • enlarged capillaries (telangiectasis)
  • a permanent flush across the nose and cheeks
  • yellow-headed pimples on the forehead, cheeks and chin
  • non-tender lumps under the skin
  • mildly swollen cheeks and nose (hyperplasia)
  • frequent blushing
  • a sensation of burning or stinging
  • a rash that is confined to the face.

Environmental triggers

Some of the factors that can trigger the rosacea blush or worsen symptoms include:

  • alcohol
  • hot drinks
  • coffee and tea
  • spicy foods
  • overexposure to sunlight
  • anxiety
  • emotional stress
  • overheating, especially in bed at night

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