Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rosacea: the red mask

Rosacea is a chronic skin eruption that produces flushing and dilation of the small blood vessels in the face. Rosacea is most noticeable around the nose and cheeks. It is most common in Caucasian women age 30 to 50. Rosacea spreads slowly and rarely subsides on its own. The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, stress, infection, vitamin deficiency, menopause and endocrine disease can aggravate the condition. Spicy foods. physical activity which causes sweating, hot drinks such as tea, coffee, and alcohol may aggravate rosacea producing flushing.

Steps you can follow to decrease the amount and length of eruptions: You must identify and eliminate aggravating factors that bring upon stress. Use meticulous hand washing and personal hygiene to avoid irritating the condition. Do not pick or squeeze the lesions. Wear sunscreen and protect the face in winter conditions as cold air will aggravate rosacea. If you wear make up foundation, consider using green or yellow tinted pre-foundation and powders because they are designed to counter skin redness. Apply topical medication as directed by your physician. Be sure the medication is applied first and dried before applying any make up or sunscreen to your face.

Good health,
Trisha M. Pacenti RN,BSN