Rosacea & Sensitive Skin

Although sensitive skin comes in many different forms, the main cause of the redness in the skin is rosacea. Rosacea is a chronic (long-term) skin disease that causes redness and swelling, primarily on the face. Other areas that can be affected are the scalp, neck, ears, chest and back. Sometimes, rosacea affects the eyes. Those afflicted with rosacea may first notice a tendency to flush or blush easily. The condition can occur over a long period of time and often progresses to a persistent redness, pimples and visible blood vessels in the center of the face that can eventually involve the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose. Since rosacea causes facial swelling and redness, it is easily confused with other sensitive skin conditions, such as acne and sunburn. For this reason, rosacea is known as the “great pretender,” and often incorrectly referred to as “adult acne.” While the precise cause of rosacea remains a mystery, researchers believe that heredity and environmental factors are to blame. Those factors swell the blood vessels that in turn cause the swelling and flushing of the skin. With a monthly facial routine along with laser treatments, the appearance of the redness caused by rosacea can be greatly decreased, creating a more even tone to the skin.

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