Acne Rosacea is a common, treatable skin disease. Rosacea is more than redness. There are a spectrum of clinical signs with rosacea, including pustular eruption resembling acne.
Unlike acne, patients generally do not experience oily skin, but rather notice redness, dryness and peeling. The redness can spread from the nose and cheeks, to the chin and forehead, ears and even chest and back.
According to studies conducted by the U.S. government, more than 14 million people are currently living with rosacea. Most patients with rosacea are:
- 30 to 50 years old.
- Fair-skinned, often with blonde hair and blue eyes.
- From Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry.
- Likely to have a family history of rosacea or severe acne.
- Likely to have experienced acne or acne cysts and/or nodules throughout their lives.
- Women are slightly more likely than men to get rosacea. However, men are more likely to get severe rosacea.
The exact cause of rosacea is still unknown, but by studying rosacea, scientists have found some indicators:
- Rosacea is genetic. Many people who get rosacea have family members who had rosacea.
- Scientists found that most people with acne rosacea react to a bacterium called bacillus oleronius. This causes their immune system to overreact.
- Although scientists cannot prove that a bug, H pylori, can cause rosacea, it is common in people who have it.
- Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: Redness, flushing, visible blood vessels.
- Papulopustular rosacea: Redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts.
- Phymatous rosacea: Skin thickens and has a bumpy texture.
- Ocular rosacea: Eyes red and irritated, eyelids can be swollen, and person may have what looks like a sty.
At the Asarch Center and DERMAspa Medical Spa, we treat Acne Rosacea with the ICON Intense Pulse Light System which can improve the skin condition and help reduce the persistent central facial redness.