Acne rosacea is a chronic inflammatory dermatitis which manifests itself, in particular, with a visible flushing of the face and with the presence of papules and pustules, and with the dilation of blood vessels that become visible.
Acne rosacea is a skin disorder arising from a vascular disorder due to the dilation of blood vessels mostly superficially (telangiectasia), taking origin from a problem of skin microcirculation, which may result in intense and annoying redness of various parts of the body, although the most affected area is the face.
Some people could misdiagnose acne rosacea with acne; the latter however has the typical comedones that are missing in acne rosacea.
Common acne occurs primarily at a young age, pubertal, while the normally acne rosacea occurs at an older age, mostly between 30 and 50 years.
Sometimes, however, you can mislead confusing acne rosacea symptoms with those common acne and seborrheic dermatitis, because in fact sometimes these three diseases coexist one with each other in the same patient.
The acne rosacea symptoms are different in nature and can occur with varying severity, involving in some cases even different parts of the body such as the nose and eyes, in different degrees.
In more severe cases, fortunately rare enough, the nose can in fact redden and swell in a rather unaesthetic way, and can get to present a bulb shape, similar to the shape of a light bulb, because of a high thickening of the skin; this complication is called Rhinophyma and affects mostly men.
As regards the complications in the eyes, in addition to being able to run into puffy eyes, you may have an inflammation of the eyelids, with the presence of irritation, itching and burning, and with the presence of hyper-sensitivity to light; this complication is called Blepharitis (or blepharoconjunctivitis, depending on the case) and affects mostly women.
Acne rosacea occurs with injuries similar to those of acne vulgaris and a reddening of the skin that affects mainly the facial areas of the forehead, chin, cheeks and nose, but not only that: the neck and chest, ears and scalp can be affected by rashes, albeit less frequently; redness is given by telangiectasia, ie by a dilation of blood vessels that makes them visible on the skin.
It 'important to be able to distinguish common acne acne rosacea because applying some common acne creams on the skin of a person with acne rosacea can worsen the patient's medical condition; these medical devices may in fact create a heightened responsiveness in rosacea patients, and cortisone creams should not be used in their case, also because it could mask a lupus erythematosus.
Despite the red color on the face of the patients suffering from rosacea can make an impression and can cause serious concerns, we must consider that acne rosacea is not contagious, however, if treated properly in time, it can be combated with different therapies and devices with great benefits for patients, especially thanks to the most modern benefits that science makes available today.
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