For those of us who experience rosacea, it can be embarrassing. In other instances, the condition could be a serious medical issue. How can you tell if you have a minor skin condition or something much worse? We will explore this and more below.

What Is Rosacea?

About one out of ten middle-aged men and women are affected by rosacea. The spots are generally mild in most cases and can be treated with antibiotics. But, when it causes pain and visual problems in the eye, more drastic measures are needed.

How do you know if you have rosacea? Common symptoms include at least one of the following:

  1. A mild-to-severe eye symptom called ocular rosacea which can cause cysts, eyelid inflammation, sties, sensitivity to light, dryness, burning, stinging, and itching.
  2. A condition called telangiectasia, which is tiny blood vessels appearing under the skin that become increasingly prominent.
  3. Small cysts and lumpy red spots or pustules and papules appearing on your face.
  4. Often the only symptom present before the condition gets worse is the frequent flushing of the face, which appears like blushing.
  5. Redness of the face, which is commonly mistaken for sunburn.

Rosacea usually appears around the mouth or on the cheeks, forehead, or chin. The skin on the back of the arms may also become red in some cases. Though there are instances of a burning sensation, rosacea isn’t typically painful or itchy. There is no cut and dry way to test for rosacea and the cause of rosacea is unknown, though changes in hormones, anxiety, stress, lifestyle choices, and dietary habits have been known to trigger it.

What Are Common Treatments for Rosacea?

Scientists have not found a cure for rosacea yet. And, you cannot avoid the development and beginning stages of rosacea. Yet, you can ease several of the symptoms with the following treatments:

  • IPL treatments and laser therapies have proven effective at destroying tiny blood cells under the skin.
  • To reduce rosacea inflammation on the skin, antibiotics are often employed for managing papules and pustules.
  • You can conceal rosacea with certain camouflage creams.
  • Avoid spicy foods, hot drinks, direct sunlight, alcohol, intense exercise, stress, and extreme temperatures to minimize facial flushing.

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned in this article, be sure to visit a doctor to make sure you are not suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus or other serious medical issues with similar symptoms.