Rosacea is a chronic skin condition occurring among adult population. As the name indicates rosacea is characterized with special redness on face with tiny red pus filled bumps. Flushing and redness of rosacea is seen on forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Flushing in the initial stage occurs due to excessive stress, alcoholic drinks, exposure to sunlight and heat or too much of cold. The flushing remains longer than usual.
If the patient neglects the condition, it gets worse with time and often becomes a permanent problem. Once developed, rosacea does not have permanent cure though the symptoms can be controlled with treatment.
Causes And Risk Factors Of Rosacea
Rosacea is poorly understood disease. At least one out of twenty Americans is known to have symptoms of rosacea. The condition is more common in fair skinned people. However, nowadays the incidence of rosacea is on the rise in Asian and Middle East adult population, one of the reasons speculated is improved socioeconomic status in this region.
Researchers are now suspecting a change in lifestyle as one of the risk factors and not just white skin color. This means besides heredity, environmental factors also play a role in development of rosacea.
The other precipitating factors for the disease include exposure to strong sunlight, cold and heat. Dietary errors such as drinking too much of tea and coffee, eating too much of spicy food, excessive indulgence of alcohol, Halicobacter pylori bacteria found in stomach, hormonal changes during menopause in women and emotional stress are few other causes blamed to cause rosasea.
Symptoms Of Rosacea
The patient may not present with all the symptoms of rosacea, but few common symptoms always dominate the clinical picture. These symptoms include red area on face, red flushing. This may vary from pink to dull red.
Simultaneously the blood vessels become dilated and they become prominent on nose and cheeks. This is due to inflammation of the tiny blood vessels. In medical language it is called (telangiectasia).
Rhinophynoma is particularly common in men. In this condition the skin around the nose becomes thick. The nose gets enormously enlarged and often lobulated. The pores become widened and oil like thick material can be easily expressed when pressed.
Involvement of eyes is not rare. There is burning and gritty feeling in the eyes when they are involved. The eye becomes sensitive to light. The eye appears blood shot red.
Natural Remedies To Cure Rosacea
Rosacea remedial measures should be both, internal as well as local. Since rosacea cannot be cured permanently, avoid things that are responsible for its flare up.
- The diet of people suffering from rosacea should be simple. It should not be too spicy or hot, not too cold.
- Tea, coffee and alcohol which cause flushing of face should be strictly avoided.
- Minimize exposure to too much of heat and cold.
- Avoid getting stressed and strained easily.
- Wear sunscreen when you go out in sun.
- Flax seed is known for its natural anti inflammatory properties. Eat flax seeds or 1 to 2 tsp of flax seed oil in a day to improve capillary strength and reducing its inflammation.
- Take foods or supplements that are rich in vitamins B complex such as green leafy vegetables, fruits, etc. Vitamin B, especially B2 is needed for maintaining good skin.
- Avoid cosmetics and other facial applications that contain alcohol as one of its ingredient.
- You can take grape seed extract; it is both a good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. A teaspoon of grape seed extract two times in a day is valuable natural remedy to reduce the flare ups of rosacea.
- Cream prepared from horse chest nut is said to be effective in controlling aggravation of rosacea when applied locally.