Rosacea is a disease that affects approximately three percent of the population in the United States. It has been heavily studied by various fields of medical science. While doctors have theories about the underlying causes of rosacea, none of these theories have been definitively proven. Ongoing research is needed to identify the factor or factors that cause some individuals to display symptoms. In addition to trying to identify the reasons for rosacea, much research is being done on ways to prevent the condition, help patients deal with their symptoms and eventually find a cure.
A common belief in the medical community is that there is a link between vascular disorders and rosacea. This is because rosacea and flushing go hand-in-hand. One of the first symptoms a person has is a flushing of their skin. These episodes of skin reddening may last for 5 or 10 minutes and then go away.
As the symptoms advance, people are left with long-lasting red spots on their face. It may look like they’ve gotten a sunburn on one part of their face or on their forehead. The symptoms become more pronounced when an individual is involved in an activity that causes blood to rush to their face. This includes strenuous exercise, aggravation and emotional stress.
One of the ideas that scientists have about rosacea is that when a person with this condition has an increase of blood flow to their face, their body reacts by creating more tissue. This tissue and tissue fluid accumulate on the face faster than the body’s lymphatic system can eliminate it. This, in turn, causes the skin to swell, thicken, turn red and flake.
Another factor that is being considered is the presence of a microscopic mite that seems to be connected to the disease. This mite normally lives in the human skin and eats dead cells. However, it is found in larger quantities in individuals who have rosacea. What scientists have yet to figure out is if the occurrence of this mite is because of the excess skin growth associated with rosacea or if it is the mite that leads to the condition’s symptoms.
Another theory is that there is a link between the bacterium that causes ulcers and rosacea. When studying the gastrointestinal system of rosacea patients, it appears that these individuals have a higher-than-normal collection of these bacteria. However, these results need to be examined more carefully.
Unfortunately, rosacea has no cure. But at Fine Arts Skin and Laser, our team of well-trained professionals can help patients minimize outbreaks and control them. Since the symptoms vary from patient to patient, we do not prescribe a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, we work with our patients on an individual basis to create a customized treatment plan. During a consultation at our office in Dover, you can learn more about our treatment options for this condition. Contact us today to book your appointment!