The chronic skin condition Rosacea is often called acne rosacea. This is because the rash looks similar to acne. Like acne, it affects parts of the face and sometimes the neck and chest areas. Some cases are mild, others are more severe. When the acne rosacea is allowed to go unchecked, it can lead to complications of the eye, though this is a rare issue. Antibiotics are often used to clear up spots on the face caused by the condition. There are other treatments for the other symptoms associated with rosacea.
Rosacea is a common problem among middle-aged and older adults. According to NIAMS (the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) about 14 million people in the US have rosacea. One in ten people in the UK develop it. It is most common in women and people with fair skin. But people of other colors and men may also suffer from acne rosacea.
Rosacea is not always painful, though sometimes it can cause burning sensations. It is also rare for rosacea to lead to complications. But it can’t be denied that the effects are unsightly and can cause great distress to the sufferer.
Knowing how to differentiate acne Rosacea from acne, its causes, and some home remedies can help to correctly diagnose and manage the condition.
Here is a detailed look at acne Rosacea: symptoms, types, causes and natural home remedies.
Table Of Contents
- 1 How to Identify Acne Rosacea: Symptoms
- 2 Types of Acne Rosacea
- 3 What Are the Causes of Acne Rosacea?
- 4 Is Rosacea Curable?
- 5 Acne Rosacea Home Remedies
- 6 Foods that can help you manage rosacea include:
How to Identify Acne Rosacea: Symptoms
Acne rosacea most commonly affects the face the forehead, cheeks and nose but it may spread to the chest, ears and neck as well in some cases. Know how to identify the general symptoms of the condition. Note that not all of them may show up at the same time. Many of the symptoms are associated with a specific type of Rosacea.
Flushing or blushing of the face often is a common symptom of rosacea. People who have acne rosacea may not know it for years, because flushing may be the only symptom that shows up before any other. This flushing may also be accompanied with slight swelling and a burning feeling. Women in menopause are particularly susceptible to rosacea.
Patches of redness on the face, looking like sunburn, is another common symptom. This redness is called erythema in medical terms. These patches may show up only on parts of the face.
PAPULES & PUSTULES:
Acne rosacea may lead to small red bumps or spots on your face. These lumpy spots are called papules. The papules may become painful later on. You may also develop small cysts or pimples that are called pustules. These pimples are generally filled with pus. These bumps and pimples are what make Rosacea look like acne, and give it the name acne Rosacea. They may come and go from time to time. If they are not treated in some cases, they can persist for a long time.
VISIBLE BLOOD VESSELS:
Some people may have tiny blood vessels quite prominently visible on their face. You see them as thin red lines under the skin. They usually show up when the blood vessels under the skin get larger. The areas where you see the blood vessels may also be warm and swell up a little. This symptom is called telangiectasia by doctors.
Rosacea sometimes affects the eyes. Eyes may get inflamed and swollen. You may suffer from itchy eyes, dryness, excessive tears, redness, burning and the feeling that you have something in your eye. You may also experience blurred vision and your eyes may become over-sensitive to light.
Your skin may become particularly sensitive and sting or burn in reaction to sunscreen, makeup, and facial creams etc.
THICKENING OF SKIN:
In the advanced stages, acne Rosacea can lead to thickened skin especially on the nose. The nose also becomes enlarged with larger pores visible. This condition is called Rhinophyma, and it is uncommon but tends to occur mostly in men.
Some people only get one or two of the symptoms of rosacea. They may be mild, and these people may be able to live with them. Facial flushing associated with the rash, for instance, may never develop into any other symptom. Other people may develop multiple symptoms, with one symptom dominating.
Types of Acne Rosacea
Acne Rosacea may be of several types, and be associated with each symptom listed above.
Type #1 Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea
The complicated name of this type of Rosacea only refers to redness of face. This type of rosacea typically includes symptoms like flushing and persistent redness in parts of the face. In addition, red blood vessels may also be visible under the skin. Some burning, stinging, swelling sensations may accompany these symptoms. Scaling of the skin or roughness may also occur.
Type #2 Papulopustular Rosacea
Along with redness, some people may also suffer from bumps, spots and pimples. In some cases, red raised patches or plaques can also form.
Type #3 Phymatous Rosacea
Sometimes, extra tissue due to Rosacea can lead to an enlargement of the nose. This condition is called rhinophyma. Irregular nodules on the surface and thickened skin are symptoms. While this is most common in the nose area, it may also develop in some cases in other parts of the face.
Type #4 Ocular Rosacea
Ocular rosacea is associated with irritation in the eyes. It can lead to a bloodshot or watery appearance in the eyes. This may be accompanied by stinging or burning in the eyes. It can cause the eyelids to swell up and sties to develop.
What Are the Causes of Acne Rosacea?
Doctors don’t have a clear answer yet on what causes Rosacea. Some doctors think that it happens when blood vessels have a tendency to swell too easily. People who blush a lot may develop acne Rosacea. It may be possible to inherit a tendency to develop acne rosacea from your parents.
There is a lot more scope for research on Rosacea than has been done so far. But with whatever little research is available, it is possible to point out some factors that may possibly trigger the rash. Not all of these factors are certain to produce rosacea in people. These factors include:
strenuous exercise heat (also in the form of hot baths) wind sunlight hot and spicy foods very cold weather menopause alcohol emotional stress bacteria regular topical steroid use on the face
A tiny mite called Demodex folliculorum that lives in the hair follicles on the face may also be involved. Some researchers think that these mites clog the oil gland openings on the skin, which leads to inflammation. There may also be a link between a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, which infects the intestines. In some people, an abnormality in their immune system may also cause acne Rosacea.
Drinking too much alcohol, sunlight, heat and some of the other factors in the list above may not cause Rosacea but aggravate it.
Is Rosacea Curable?
Rosacea is not known to be curable. But it may be managed by following the known methods of treatment. If you suspect that you have Rosacea, you can visit a dermatologist or skin specialist to diagnose and treat your condition. The doctor’s goal will be to control your Rosacea and improve the appearance of your skin. They may prescribe antibiotics for spots, eye problems etc.
Acne Rosacea Home Remedies
But many people with acne rosacea prefer to use home remedies to control symptoms. Antibiotics may have side effects, and it is possible to develop resistance to them. Topical applications of harsh chemicals may also make the condition worse in many cases.
For people who rely on natural home remedies, antibiotics are a last resort when these home remedies don’t work. The following home remedies are commonly used by rosacea patients to bring relief.
To make sure you’re not allergic to any of these natural substances, always do a patch test before you go head on.
Green Tea Compress:
Green tea is anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant properties. You’ll often find it in natural acne treatments. It is believed that green tea also helps protect the skin against the sun’s UV rays, and prevents pustules and papules as a result.
To make this home remedy, brew two cups of green tea and chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Soak a small towel in it and apply over the affected area. Hold it there for a few minutes. You’ll find it soothing and the redness and inflammation should go down. It is best to do this twice a day for several months. Drinking green tea (twice a day) may also help to speed up the healing process.
Chamomile also has anti-inflammatory properties. Plus chamomile tea also contains flavonoids and terpenoids that are soothing on the skin. Soak 3 to 6 chamomile tea bags in three to six cups of boiling water for ten minutes. Remove the bags and refrigerate. Soak cloth in the cold tea, wring and apply on the affected area for fifteen minutes. You should notice improvement quickly if you repeat this thrice or four times a day.
Licorice helps to lower redness and it is anti-inflammatory. It helps with the irritation too. Make a salve of 1 tablespoon licorice powder, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel. Apply on the affected area and wash with lukewarm water after fifteen minutes. Do this twice every day for 4 to 8 weeks.
Oatmeal is a readily available item in your kitchen with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is effective against itching and redness as well. Make a paste of half a cup of powdered oatmeal in a quarter cup of water. Apply on the affected areas, being careful not to rub against the skin. Leave on for twenty minutes and rinse with cool water. Pat dry. Do this twice a day.
It is well-known that honey has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-microbial properties. It is often used as a home remedy for acne and rosacea breakouts while moisturizing skin without adding excess oils. and is ideal to use raw honey or organic honey, which doesn’t contain any additives. Rub one or two tablespoons of it on your face and leave on for twenty minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. After patting your face dry, apply a light natural moisturizer.
Along with these home remedies, be sure to always use sunscreen, making sure to stay away from toxic sunscreens that could disrupt your hormones and undo your efforts. Also use natural skincare products that don’t irritate your skin. Manage stress with exercise, meditation, hobbies that you enjoy etc. Finally, eat an anti-inflammatory diet to control bacterial growth in the gut hormonal imbalances.
Foods that can help you manage rosacea include:
High quality proteins like wild-caught fish containing omega 3 fatty acids, grass-fed animal foods, cage-free eggs, legumes etc. are good choices.
Organic vegetables and fruits help to supply antioxidants to your body, which in turn fights sun damage, stress and toxins. The minerals and vitamins in these foods will help you rebuild healthy cells on your skin. Orange or yellow fruits and leafy greens are ideal.
Organic foods are free from chemicals and toxins that could also potentially irritate your skin.
Healthy fats like olive oil, nuts, avocado, seeds like chia and flax seeds can also help with inflamed guts. They can get your hormone production back on track and help you manage stress.
Herbs and foods like ginger, onions, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, collard greens, tomatoes, carrots and green tea appear to have anti-inflammatory properties as well.
Avoid foods like caffeine and alcohol, foods that cause food allergies, processed foods and sugar, conventional dairy products, fried foods and hydrogenated oils etc. These can trigger rosacea. Avoid spicy foods if you find they trigger your condition.
If your condition doesn’t improve with natural remedies, you may need to consult a doctor for possible medication. But do your research in advance. This collection of acne Rosacea symptoms, types, causes, and natural home remedies will, it is hoped, get you started on your treatment plan quickly and effectively.