Hello! My name is Peter and for some time now, I have been one of those unfortunate people who, from about the age of 40 onwards, began to experience the annoying and sometimes embarassing effects of this condition they call “Rosacea”.
I didn’t know it was Rosacea at first – I thought my teenage years were coming back to haunt me and that I was getting acne all over again. It was mainly just on the nose – these pimple-like things that would keep popping up. But as time went on, it spread across toward my cheeks and I also started getting spots on my forehead. Still, I thought it was acne and even bought some Proactive treatment for a little while, but to no avail. Then I went to one doctor who prescribed antibiotics and acne lotion. While the antibiotics worked for a while, eventually it came back and at that point, the acne solution only seemed to irritate it.
Finally, one doctor recognized it as Rosacea. This began my journey into the world of rosacea skin care. I’ve done a lot of research on the subject and have created this website in the hope that, by sharing my knowledge, others might be empowered to, if not find their own cure, at least know how best to control the symptoms.
Welcome to Rosacea Skin Care!
Before we can talk about rosacea skin care, we first have to know exactly what we’re dealing with. Your rosacea might be different to mine and consequently, require a different solution. Medical research has identified four different sub-types of rosacea and they are as follows:
1. Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea – this is where you’ll notice visible blood vessels close to the skin surface, along with a general rosy cheeks type flushed look.
2. Papulopustular Rosacea – this is the type that’s often mistaken for acne. You get red bumps and pimples or blister-like sores that hurt when you touch them and eventually fill with puss. You can understand why many people think their adolescent nightmares have returned.
3. Phymatous Rosacea – You don’t want this type. It comes with thickened skin, particularly on the nose – and can see you ending up with an enlarged, bulbous nose which requires rhinoplastic surgery to fix.
4. Ocular Rosacea – this one is usually confined to the eyes. It’s symptoms include dry red eyes, swollen eyelids, weeping eyes, or styes that can threaten cornea damage and resulting potential blindness, if not managed.
Each of the above has a rosacea skin care program that is best suited to the particular symptoms. We will explore each of these in depth and discuss proposed remedies, from both a pharmaceutical perspective as well as a natural health practitioner perspective. So let’s get started . . .