Rosacea in Black and Darker Skin!!

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition. While it can present itself in a number of ways, it often begins with a flush or blush to the skin. But in time, that warm sensation can become more constant and people may develop permanent redness of the nose and cheeks along with other symptoms. Such as spots, dilated blood vessels, dryness and scaling of the skin. Also burning, tingling, and sensitivity to multiple skincare products, can be an issue as well.

Why is rosacea often misdiagnosed in black people?

Looking at the research, rosacea can be more tricky because the earliest symptom is often facial redness, which can be masked by background pigmentation. A more readily recognizable symptom is stinging, burning and sensitivity to topical products. 

For darker skin, you may see darker or dusky brown (darkish in color) patches which may appear on the face in combination with acne-like breakouts. Dermatologists have found that a list of symptoms for black skin is dryness or swelling and thickening of the skin on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead.

How to treat rosacea in darker skin?

Experts state, the approach for treatment of darker skin is pretty much the same as anyone else. Darker skin tones treatment may also help manage post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The key to skincare routine is basically, simplicity. 

You're going to need to improve your skin barrier function," says Dr Ukeleghe (leading dermatologist out of London) "This includes avoiding alcohol-based products and harsh exfoliants. One should be cautious with exfoliation which can cause rosacea flare-ups in darker skinned people.

Choosing a great cleanser Is very important and should be gentle, frangrance and soap free and also contain emollients, such as glycerin. When using your cleanser it is best to use lukewarm water and massage gently, then rinse and pat dry with a clean, soft cotton towel.

Make sure you are mindful of the importance of using SPF during the day to protect skin from UVA and UVB rays. "Physical sunscreens are best as they tend to be less irritating than chemical sunscreens, 

Experts also warn to be highly mindful of product labels that contain menthol, camphor or sodium lauryl sulfate, or those that are heavily fragranced. These are triggers for flare-ups. With any new skincare product it’s best to do a patch test on a small area before applying to your face.


Finding help for your Rosacea.

Because rosacea is a poorly understood condition in black skin, it is important to remain consistent and persistent in your requests for medical attention. Arm yourself with knowledge on Rosacea before speaking to a skin specialist.  Understanding the condition will empower you to confront the symptoms and pursue correct medical guidance. Be blessed in your journey!!

Author M.J. @Taylor B's