Augustinus Bader Contributor and award-winning medical and cosmetic doctor, Dr. Ewoma, takes over the Bader Journal each week to answer some of your most commonly asked questions on application, ingredients, and skin concerns. This week, Dr. Ewoma discusses rosacea and shares her advice for the best ways to manage it.
What is rosacea and how does it develop?
Rosacea is a long term inflammatory skin condition that, at the beginning, tends to present itself with flushed cheeks. Soon, that warm, tingling sensation associated with flushing becomes constant and some people may develop permanent redness around the cheeks and nose. Other symptoms are dilated blood vessels, dryness, spots and sensitivity. While it’s more common in women, the symptoms tend to be a lot more severe in men. Alcohol, heat, stress, sunlight, spicy food and the wind and cold can all act as triggers for rosacea however the cause of rosacea actually remains unknown.
The mechanism and treatments for redness/rosacea is an area that is still emerging, so basically we still don't know everything there is to know about this condition. While some researchers have linked rosacea to the immune system, other studies have shown a link to a microscopic mite, found to be more abundant in the facial skin of rosacea patients.
It's worthwhile to note, rosacea isn't just an inflammatory process that affects the blood vessels in the skin - but also the sebaceous glands and nerves (and therefore the entire structure of the skin).