Rosacea, Acne in Middle-aged People

Rosacea, Acne in Middle-aged People

A chronic disease that affects the skin is the Rosacea (pronounced as RO-ZAY-SHE-AH). It is characterized by slight inflammation, redness and pimples which in many cases, the skin tissue develops thickness. It nearly affects the entire face; however it is rare that other parts of the body are afflicted with this type of skin disorder.

Statistically, almost fourteen people from the entire American population are affected with rosacea. At any rate, rosacea grows both in men and women aged between 30 and 50. Acne rosacea is more prevalent in women than in men, though the reason is not ye identified. One reason points out that it is brought by menopause due to the fact that increases in intensity over the period of time. At first, it would have the appearance of reddish complexion; later on developing into a more sever skin disfiguration.

Normally, rosacea evolves in three stages:

Stage One:

At this stage the redness of the face is visible with frequent persistence of the reddish complexion. In time however, the redness becomes more visible as blood vessels emerge from the skin. At this stage, the skin is normally tough and develops burning sensations, this then will come to the point whereas whatever skin products is applied on the skin may bring irritation and the sensation of skin burning.

Second stage:

At this point, the redness spreads and will be able to cover the majority of the skin surface. The development of pimples, swelling and boils will become noticeable.

Third stage:

This stage may be very painful but many patients do not reach up to this stage. This is where rhinophyma or the condition of bulbous nose manifests. This is characterized with the swelling which may spread to the entire central face and in rare cases, may affect the areas near the earlobes. The sebaceous glands at this stage will enlarge, often causing puffed nose and cheeks.

Almost 50% of acne rosacea cases may involve infection in the eyes. Some patients may experience conjunctivitis or the sensation of the eye becoming irritated and burned. If, in case this condition is not immediately treated, this may bring serious eye complications.

The causes for acne rosacea are not yet identified. This condition normally last for quite a number of years. Unlike with many forms of acne, acne rosacea may have direct links with food intakes. This happens when certain chemicals in the body reacts with the chemicals extracted from the food items taken into the body. Therefore, it is advisable for patients to avoid eating foods that are observably inducing the onset of the acne condition. At any rate, over exposure to sunlight must be avoided.

To prevent the spreading of the acne rosacea, several methods are recommended for the patients to be followed:

• Hot drinks, spicy foods, caffeine intake and alcoholic beverages must be avoided.
• Good sun protection must be practiced through using sunscreens with enough SPF properties.
• The affected area must not be touched. At any rate, rigorous scrubbing and rubbing must be avoided so to diminish the chance of spreading the infection in other parts of facial tissues.
• If physical exercises should be performed, it must be done in airy and cool places as to acquire good ventilallation. Also, it is advisable for patients to refrain from wearing tight clothes.
• Facial products and cosmetics must be totally avoided. Also, if these cannot be avoided, then refrain from oil-based products. Moreover, facial products to be used must be alcohol free for this might further irritate the skin and cause more complications.


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