Affecting more than 45 million people worldwide, rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness, blemishes, and physical discomfort. There is not one single cause of rosacea; rather, there are many rosacea triggers which may bring on the start of rosacea or lead to a worsening of symptoms.
Surprisingly, even though rosacea is common, it is often misdiagnosed — especially if you’re trying to diagnose yourself with the help of a quick online search. In order to better decipher if you’re dealing with rosacea or something else, here are a few ways to help you learn how to tell if you have rosacea and when it’s time to call the dermatologist.
Symptoms of Rosacea
The first step to determining if you’re suffering from rosacea or something else is tracking your symptoms. Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disease that shows as a red flushed color across the face.
Mild rosacea can simply show itself as a higher likelihood of blushing or flushing, or as a persistently red nose and cheeks with bursts of redness or threadlike veins. Moderate to severe rosacea will spread from the cheeks and nose to the chin and forehead, and may even present as a constant redness including the back, chest, and ears. Moderate to severe rosacea may also include acne-like breakouts, swelling, itching, burning, oily skin, thickened skin, skin with unexplained bumps, or ocular rosacea which effects the eye area.
As you can see, many rosacea symptoms can easily belong to other skin conditions, like lupus or dermatitis. So many skin conditions can trick you into believing you have rosacea, only to have you treat the wrong thing while the rosacea worsens. The good news is that if you’re treating the wrong skin condition and your symptoms worsen, it will be easy to tell if you should switch to a rosacea skin care regimen.
Rosacea is most common in those between the ages of 30 and 50. That does not mean that someone younger or older cannot have rosacea, but it does mean that rosacea-like symptoms are likely something else if the person in question is a teen or senior. Taking your age into consideration is an important factor in determining if you have rosacea.
Rosacea is far more common in people with fair skin, especially those with an English, Irish, or Scottish heritage. While rosacea can be found in all skin types and color, it is less common in those with darker complexions, and also far less noticeable in appearance.
While there are many skin conditions which can masquerade as rosacea, one thing that’s unique to rosacea is a worsening of symptoms with certain triggers. For example, acne will not worsen after a glass of wine or coffee, but your rosacea sure will!
Even though rosacea triggers differ from person to person, there are some very common triggers that almost all rosacea sufferers will respond to, including:
- Spicy foods
- Hot baths or showers
- Hot or cold weather
- Hot drinks
- Microscopic mites
If you’re unsure about whether or not you have rosacea, one surefire way to get an answer is to see a dermatologist. They will be able to diagnose you quickly and easily, and recommend a skin care regimen (and some things to avoid) to help your symptoms.
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