Monday, 15 November 2010

MRCP revision battle 50.2: Acne Rosacea

Acne rosacea is a skin condition that affects the face.

The first sign is often facial flushing.

Other features of acne rosacea include:
  • erythema of face
  • papules/pustules
  • telangiectasia
  • eye involvement - eg dry eyes
  • rarely rhinophyma 

The cause is not known although  demodex follicularum is hypothesised to be involved as it occurs in larger numbers on suffers of acne rosacea than the general population.  Overuse of topical steroids can cause a condition like acne rosacea.

If the condition is mild topical metronidazole is used.
In severer cases oral oxytetracycline is given.

On to some flakey skin....