Redness to the skin is a very common treatment indication that we see at Youth Lab and one that is experienced by many people at some time in their life. The condition can cause psychological and self-confidence issues, which in turn, can affect social and professional interactions.
A common skin condition causing redness, flushing and visible capillaries is known a Rosacea. It is an inflammatory skin disease affecting the face and the underlying cause is yet to be determined. There is a strong genetic link and association with skin bacteria and mites (demodex mite).
Rosacea can also be triggered by diet (gluten and pro-inflammatory foods), alcohol, hot/spicy foods, emotional stress, smoking and heat. There is no known cure but the symptoms can be managed effectively with regular treatments and an understanding of the underlying triggers.
Rosacea is a combination of a damaged capillary network, redness and inflammatory lesions occurring on the cheeks, nose and forehead. Often the small surface capillaries of the face enlarge and give the appearance of permanent flushing. The inflammatory lesions or pustules can often be misdiagnosed as acne. Not every person presents the same and rosacea is often misdiagnosed for many years.
Rosacea often occurs between the ages of 30 and 50 with frequent flushing or blushing being the first sign. The symptoms tend to worsen with advancing age. Both men and women can be affected by the condition.