Couperose and rosacea
Couperose is often confused with rosacea. In fact, couperose is one of the most common symptoms of rosacea. It causes a cutaneous redness that is more or less intense, permanent or intermittent which, like rosacea, affects the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. These areas become red because of the excessive swelling of the superficial vessels of the face allowing the blood to circulate continuously. Because of this, the skin is weakened and gradually loses its vitality
People with fair and thin skin are the most commonly affected. Because they contribute to the dilation of the blood vessels, certain factors increase the appearance of rosacea, for example the transition from cold to warm, tobacco use, spices, sun exposure, alcohol and stress. However, having rosacea does not mean that alcohol is being abused!
There are several possible therapeutic solutions available to those who suffer from couperose. During the consultation, your doctor will be able to suggest the most appropriate treatments for your condition.
Often diagnosed as adult acne, rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects nearly 2 million Canadians ages 20 and up. It mainly affects the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. There are 4 types :
- Mild : redness appears and disappears on the face, sometimes accompanied by a swelling, a burning or tingling sensation.
- Moderate: the redness is persistent and is accompanied by bumps similar to acne pimples, as well as small vessels called telangiectasia. The skin burns and stings.
- Serious: referred to as rhinophyma, this level is when the rosacea affects the nose. It causes a thickening of the skin and the nose is covered with bumps. This type of rosacea affects men more than women.
- Ocular rosacea: almost half of people with rosacea suffer from ocular rosacea. It is characterized by redness on the eyelid, a burning tingling sensation (similar to having a grain of sand in the eye); the eyes are dry, sensitive to light, weakened, watery and sometimes bloodshot.
Although rosacea is a condition that will not improve or disappear on its own, it is possible to control the symptoms of rosacea and improve skin health by acting quickly. There are several types of treatments available—topical creams, oral antibiotics, lasers—that your doctor can recommend to you during the consultation.