Rosacea (pronounced roh-ZAY-sha) is a fairly common, chronic skin condition. The classic symptoms of rosacea include a redness in skin and inflammation, particularly on the cheeks, nose, forehead, and around the mouth. This is caused by groups of tiny blood vessels close to the surface of the skin become dilated or expanding is which leads to the blotchy red area with small papules (small, red solid elevated inflammatory bumps without pus) and pustules or better know as pus-filled bumps.
The redness may come and go, but over time it may become permanent. The affected skin tissue can and will swell and thicken and may be tender and sensitive to the touch. Some have mistaken it for a sunburn, due to the fact that some reprot of the rosacea stinging or burning sensation, and dry or tight skin. Which can and will delay the treatment.
Rosacea is the fifth most common skin diagnosis made by dermatologists. Rosacea may be hereditary. Although rosacea may first appear as early as the teen years, rosacea most frequently begins when sufferers enter their 30s, 40s or 50s and affects more women than men and races of all kinds.
"While the incidence of rosacea appears to be rising sharply as more people enter the most susceptible age, many mistakenly think it's just a complexion problem that will go away by itself -- but in fact it usually keeps growing worse if left unchecked," said Dr. Joseph Bikowski, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh. "Of greatest concern is that only a small percentage of rosacea sufferers realize that medical help is available from dermatologists to halt its progression and reverse its symptoms."
Learn more about the dual effect of rosacea and dermatitis at The International Rosacea Foundation.
More Information about dermatitis can be found at The International Eczema-Psoriasis Foundation.
More Information about treating and living with dermatitis can be found at Dermatitis-Ltd.