Rosacea- Types and Myths!

July 09, 2016   6529

Are you suffering from those embarrassing red flushes? Then you might be suffering from Rosacea. Yes, it can be very embarrassing for you. Hence, it is important to learn about the different types and myths regarding the same. Find out more here.  


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“I was suffering from those red flushes since last two weeks. I thought it was none other than the common skin problem, acne. But later I found, it was rosacea, when it slowly moved to my neck and then chest…” ~ James Bell

James is not all alone. In fact, there are many people who don’t even know that they have rosacea. And similar to him, they keep on treating the condition as if it was acne. One of the most common symptoms of rosacea, red flushes, which can occur anywhere, your neck, your eyes or your chest, causes itching known as a rosacea rash or a stinging sensation. 

Hence, if you are suffering from such a condition, and are looking a treatment for rosacea, you need to understand that it is best to catch the condition early on. It is fundamental to know the common type and misconceptions about the same.

Let’s start with the 4 major types;

  • Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: Being one of the most popular types, this is often characterized by flushing and persistent redness. In many cases, the visible blood vessels can be observed.
  • Ocular rosacea: It will cause swollen eyelids, dry eye, tearing and burning. In severe cases, it can potentially lead to blindness.
  • Papulopustular rosacea: It is also known as acne rosacea. You can identify it with constant redness, transient bumps and pimples.
  • Phymatous rosacea: This one causes the skin to thicken, leading to rhinopyma, i.e. enlarging of the nose.

You need to understand that though it is frequently mis-diagnosed as acne, it is not actually acne. Redness can often be accompanied with symptoms such as acne, bumps and blemishes, but it is more severe. Hence, when dealing with Rosacea, it is must to be aware of some of the myths associated with it;

Acne and Rosacea are contagious!

For sure, acne cannot be transmitted from one person to other. And as far as rosacea is considered, in particular, it is caused a vascular condition. Hence, there is no such thing as rosacea bacteria which will be transferred.

Your diet causes rosacea!

No, it is not proved yet. Hence, if you have been keeping chocolate, oil, sugar, french fries, peanuts, etc. at bay, no more you need to do this. These will not lead to acne rosacea. Though, these can trigger any allergic reaction which further could exacerbate allergies associated with the condition.

Too much alcohol intake causes rosacea!

Undoubtedly, alcohol affects the flow of blood and drinking alcohol may cause flare-ups in the rosacea sufferer. But, heavy drinking, even on a daily basis, will not lead to cause acne rosacea.

Acne in teenagers causes rosacea in adulthood!

Rosacea is often called as adult acne. However, no link has been found between the two. While teenage acne is something similar to skin pore and bacterial condition, on the other hand rosacea is primarily a condition of the vascular system.

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