Rosacea during pregnancy: What is it and how can it be treated?
A pregnant mother expects a healthy pregnancy glow to adorn her face during one of the best times of her life but what comes as a shock and leaves her devastated is to find a red rash in its place.
This red, pimple-like rash is called rosacea. Although it is not very common during pregnancy, it does affect a few women during pregnancy.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea, pronounced ‘roh-zay-shuh’, is a common skin problem that affects people over the age of 30 and has a typical red rash spread on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. The redness of the skin develops into tiny bumps, with the blood vessels under the skin becoming visible.
In some cases, rosacea can cause a stinging sensation and soreness in the eyes and may seldom occur on the neck, ears, scalp and chest. In severe cases, the nose may look swollen and uneven from excess skin or rhinophyma.
What causes rosacea especially during pregnancy?
Experts are not sure of what exactly triggers Rosacea during pregnancy. However, doctors believe changes in hormones could be the cause this unpleasant, but thankfully temporary, skin conditions. Stress is another possible trigger. Some doctors believe Rosacea during pregnancy could just be coincidental.
Although anyone can get affected, it has been known that women with a lighter skin tone who blush or flush easily are more prone to getting rosacea during pregnancy.
It is also known that 30% to 40% of those who get the skin condition have a close relative with this disease. Doctors also believe that a person’s lifestyle, and not skin colour, can be a trigger for rosacea.
Signs and symptoms of rosacea
- Persistent facial redness
- Hyperactivity of the facial skin to elements such as the sun and wind
- Pimples and facial uneveness, and papules and pustule in worse cases
- Facial flushing
- Burning of the facial skin
- Raised red patches
- Eye soreness and irritation
- Visible blood vessels
- Skin thickening
- Facial swelling
- Rhinophyma or excess skin around the nose
Skincare tips for pregnant women with rosacea
It is best to adjust the skin care routine if rosacea develops during pregnancy. Switch to a gentle cleanser for sensitive skin. Avoid touching, rubbing and scratching the skin to avoid making the situation worse. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen when you are going out specially made for ultra-sensitive skin. Refrain from using facial products that contain alcohol and are non-comedogenic (skincare products or cosmetics that are formulated so as not to cause blocked pores).
If you doubtful you have any of the symptoms of Rosacea, it is best to see a doctor immediately – especially if you are pregnant or trying to conceive. If you have a continuing case of Rosacea and plan on getting pregnant in the near future, it is best to talk to your doctor about medication options.
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