Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness in the face. Small, red, pus-filled bumps may appear on the face causing rosacea to be commonly misdiagnosed as acne, allergies, or other skin problems. In some cases, rhinophyma (enlarged nose due to thickened skin) may occur.
Rosacea symptoms often wax and wane. There may be certain foods and/or environments that trigger the rosacea flare-ups (spicy foods, hot foods/beverages, caffeine, alcohol, sunlight, strenuous exercise, extreme temperatures, stress, etc.) Although there is no cure for rosacea, there are methods to help manage the symptoms.
Ocular rosacea occurs when symptoms extend to the eyes. Some symptoms include:
- Dry eyes
- Irritated, burning, red eyes
- Swelling of eyelids
- Flaky debris on eyelashes
- Recurrent styes
- Redness on the skin around the eyes
If left untreated, ocular rosacea can lead to blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, misdirection and/or loss of eyelashes, corneal blood vessel growth, formation of corneal opacities, corneal thinning, and ultimately corneal perforation.
Rosacea is often managed with antibiotics and acne medications. Blepharitis is with lid hygiene. Washing your face (lids and lashes included) everyday with a gentle cleanser will help remove all of the staph. bacteria that is contributing to the inflammation around your eyes. Products like Avenova will help to calm down inflammation without damaging the eyelashes and the skin around your eyes.
Once active inflammation has been eliminated, those suffering from Meibomian Gland Dysfunction can undergo LipiFlow to improve meibomian gland function and meibomian gland secretion.