A common skin condition that causes blushing/ flushing and visible blood vessels (“red veins”) on the skin.
The cause of rosacea is unknown.
It is associated with abnormalities of the blood vessels (vascular system), an overactive immune system, genetics, environment or a combination of these factors.
It is not caused by poor hygiene and it is not contagious.
Sensitive skin occurs in some people due to genetic differences in the normal protective skin barrier or skin irritation so severe it becomes inflamed. Some people are naturally born with sensitive skin but anyone can experience sensitive skin if their skin is exposed to irritants or allergens that trigger inflammation.
Signs & Symptoms
- Facial blushing/ flushing (redness)
- Visible veins (“spider veins” / “red veins”)
- Swollen bumps – people with rosacea can develop pimples that resemble acne. These bumps sometimes contain pus
- Burning sensation over affect ed area
- Enlarged nose – rosacea can thicken the skin on the nose over time, causing the nose to appear bulbous (rhinophyma)
- Hot drinks and spicy foods
- Alcohol intake
- Medications that cause blood vessels to dilate, including some blood pressure drugs
- Certain cosmetic, skin or hair care products
Types of Rosacea
Causes skin redness and warmth (flushing) with visible clusters of blood vessels, known as telangiectasia.
Rosacea & Redness Solutions
Treatment for rosacea focuses on controlling the signs and symptoms. This requires a combination of good skin care and prescription drugs if necessary.
- Identify the trigger factors and avoid
- Certain oral medications can aid with the signs and symptoms
Signs & Symptoms
- Red, swollen and itchy skin
- Skin redness that presents with or without swelling
- Skin that stings or burn
- Rashes or hives
Some people are naturally born with sensitive skin but anyone can experience sensitive skin if skin is exposed to irritants or allergens that triggers inflammation
- Irritant contact dermatitis → most common form of sensitive skin resulting in a nonspecific rash forming after exposure to an irritating chemical or any physical agent that damages the skin’s protective outer layer
- Allergic contact dermatitis → an allergic or immune reaction to an irritating chemical, allergen or other substance
- Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis → a chronic condition, which can flare up periodically in which skin becomes rough and inflamed
- Exposure to heat and hot water
- Soaps, beauty products, hand sanitizers, solvents, laundry detergents or anything that can damage outer layer of skin
Treatment for sensitive skin focuses on identifying and preventing triggers.