Rosacea Facts & Symptoms!

  • 5% incidence in the United States (14 million) & 3% of population worldwide

  • Age commonly 30-50 years old peaking in 40’s & 50’s

  • Female predisposition

  • Race predominately Fitzpatrick skin Type I & II

  • Familial predisposition

  • Vasodilation condition causes erythema & edema

  • Causes redness and inflammation of the skin around the nose, cheeks and chin

  • Caused by bacteria – a study by the National University of Ireland has found that rosacea may be triggered by bacteria that live in tiny mites called Demodex folliculorum that reside on everyone’s skin. In fact, the number of these mites living on the face increases with age and with skin damage (like after exposure to the sun). There just happens to be more of them living on the skin of rosacea patients.  These mites are found in the human hair follicles, normally found in greater numbers around the cheeks, nose, eyebrows, eyelashes, and forehead. They could also be found in other parts of the body such as arms, chest, and ears.

Demodex folliculorum

  • Spicy foods, caffeine, certain medications, chocolate, alcohol & temperature extremes all cause vasodilation triggering rosacea

  • Sun damage may contribute to rosacea

  • There are 4 subtypes of rosacea:  vascular, papulopustular, phymatous, & ocular

Vascular

Papulopustular

Phymatous

Ocular

Click here is visit The National Rosacea Society!

Click here to view a list of triggers for Rosacea!

 

Symptoms of Rosacea:

  • Easily blushing, or flush, gradual reddening of the complexion

  • Sensitive skin

  • Edema

  • Telangiectasia

  • Plaques

  • Dry apperance

  • Itchy skin

  • Face feels like it is warm or burning

  • Cysts & pustules

  • Skin thickening

  • Facial redness triggered by spicy foods, caffeine, certain medications, chocolate, alcohol & temperature extremes

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