Have you heard about rosacea during pregnancy? Here's all you need to know about this skin condition.
A pregnant mother who expects a healthy pregnancy glow to adorn her face during one of the happiest times of her life might be shocked and devastated to find a red rash in its place.
This red, pimple-like rash is called rosacea. Although it isn’t very common during pregnancy, it does affect a few unwilling pregnant recipients.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea, pronounced ‘roh-zay-shuh’, is a common skin problem that affects people over the age of 30 and has a characteristic red rash spread on the nose, chin, cheeks and forehead. The redness of the skin progresses into tiny bumps, with the blood vessels under the skin becoming visible.
In some instances, rosacea can cause a stinging sensation and soreness in the eyes and may occasionally occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. In severe cases, the nose may look swollen and ‘bumpy’ from excess skin or rhinophyma.
Causes and risk factors of rosacea especially during pregnancy
Experts are not certain of what exactly triggers rosacea during pregnancy. However, changes in hormones is often the cause of some not-so-pretty, but thankfully temporary, skin conditions such as this. Stress is also another trigger, and rosacea during pregnancy could just be coincidental.
Although anyone can get affected, it has been recognized that those with lighter skin tone who blush or flush are more susceptible 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 the disease. Unfortunately, scientists do not yet know how the specific genes involved are passed on.
Abnormalities in blood vessels, a microscopic mite called Demodex folliculorum and the H. pylori bacteria have also been named as risk factors for rosacea.
It has also been said that a person’s lifestyle, and not skin colour, can trigger rosacea. Others also say that more cases are now diagnosed because health care and diagnosis techniques have improved in the recent years.