Rosacea is frequently mistaken for acne or an allergic reaction because symptoms mainly appear on and around the face. There’s no cure for it, and experts don’t know exactly what causes it. But they suspect that both environment and genes play a role.
If left untreated, rosacea can lead to permanent damage
Rosacea is more common in women than men, but in men, the symptoms can be more severe. It can also become progressively worse. Leaving it untreated can cause significant damage, not only to the skin, but to the eyes as well. That’s why it’s so important to visit a dermatologist at the earliest sign of these symptoms.
Redness across the cheeks, nose and forehead
This is the classic symptom of rosacea. Sometimes this redness can spread to the neck and chest.
Broken blood vessels
Since rosacea is a vascular disorder, it can cause the small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks to swell. Without treatment, these can become prominent – and permanent.
Bumps and pimples
Small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples resembling acne develop. However, unlike acne, rosacea does not cause blackheads. Affected skin may burn, sting, or feel tight.
Swollen, bulb-shaped nose
Rosacea can cause the skin to thicken on the nose, giving it a bulbous appearance. This is more common in men than women.
The bumps and pimples, as well as skin thickening, that accompany rosacea cause pores to enlarge and become more visible.
Bumps on the eyelids
Rosacea can cause eyelids to become red, swollen, and sties may develop. The area around the eyelid may develop a crust or scaling and, much like the nose and cheeks, blood vessels may become visible.
Eye irritation and vision problems
Eyes may become watery and bloodshot. Severe cases can result in vision loss if not treated. If you are experiencing vision problems, seek medical attention immediately.
If you notice redness on your face that doesn’t go away within several days, visit a dermatologist as quickly as possible. If you’ve already been diagnosed with rosacea, it’s important to keep your symptoms under control by following your treatment plan, keeping an eye on your symptoms, and getting help from a dermatologist if symptoms worsen or flare up more frequently.
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