Rosacea is a common but chronic skin condition affecting fair skinned people between the ages of 30 and 60. Although this condition can affect women more than men, men can have the more severe symptoms. In the early stages of the condition, the symptoms can be treated more easily but if left, rosacea can progress to further stages which seriously affect your appearance and therefore your self esteem. Many people find that as the condition worsens, they avoid going out in public.
Inflammatory rosacea is the name given to the third stage in rosacea.
In addition to the persistent redness in the central portion of the face (particularly the nose) small, red bumps or pustules (bumps containing pus) may appear and persist. Nodules in the skin may become painful. This can spread across the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.
In severe and rare cases, the oil glands or sebaceous glands in the nose, and even sometimes the cheeks, become enlarged resulting in a build up of tissue on and around the nose. This complication is more likely to occur in men. The condition can develop very slowly over a period of years so that eventually the nose becomes red, enlarged and bulbous. Thick bumps may also develop on the lower half of the nose and nearby cheeks.
This particular aspect of inflammatory rosacea is called rhinophyma.
Rhinophyma is often treated with surgery when the excess tissue can be carefully removed with a scalpel, laser or through electro surgery. Then dermabrasion, a surgical method that smoothes the top layer of the skin, will help improve the look of the scar tissue. It is not possible to treat Rhinophyma with less invasive methods because the condition will have progressed too far.
How to treat inflammatory rosacea
Many sufferers of rosacea do not realize what they have and so the condition progresses until they have inflammatory rosacea or worse. Identifying the condition is the first step to controlling it.
If you have the signs and symptoms of inflammatory rosacea, you should see a doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible so that the condition can be positively identified and treatment commenced. Your doctor or dermatologist will often recommend a combination of treatments tailored to suit your individual requirements which can stop the progress and even reverse it. Such treatments will take up to two months for a significant improvement to be apparent so it will take patience and perseverance.
Oral antibiotics often produce faster results than topical medications while cortisone creams can reduce the redness of rosacea but should not be used for longer than two weeks as the downside of such treatment is that they can cause thinning of the skin and even flare ups after discontinuing.
Along with the treatment of your inflammatory rosacea, there is much you can do to help the condition at home:
• Avoid those triggers that may aggravate the condition such as hot and spicy drinks and foods, caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
• Limit your exposure to sunlight and take the necessary precautions.
• Avoid extreme temperatures both hot and cold. Exercise in a cool environment so you do not overheat.
• Avoid unnecessary contact with the skin on your face. Just keep it clean and moisturized with gentle products that do not contain any alcohol, fragrances etc. If you use a hairspray, do not let it come in contact with the skin on your face.
• Keep a diary of when your skin has flare ups or times when it is worse so that you can track possible triggers.
• Investigate using a natural healing product for the treatment of inflammatory rosacea and for the prevention of flare-ups.
The key to successful management of your inflammatory rosacea is early diagnosis and treatment and to do your bit in avoiding those aspects of your life that may worsen the condition. You will feel happier about your condition and you will feel happier about your appearance.