Santa was preparing his sleigh for the trip to earth from the North Pole. He needed to get all those presents delivered by Christmas eve. The elves were helping out and the reindeers were all ready for the trip.
He then selected the most unlikely reindeer; Rudolph to lead the pack of reindeers driving his sleigh. Some back story on Rudolph- He was said to be a timid, self-conscious reindeer that all the other reindeers made fun of because of his huge red nose.
Let’s just say he didn’t quite fit in with the other reindeers. Rudolph got selected by Santa as the reindeer lead and he instantly became famous! Songs, plays and movie rights were to follow and Rudolph lives the Hollywood dream to this day.
Okay, I’m done with the folklores now. We are back to the real world from here on.
Rudolph stood out among the other reindeers for a particular reason. Here is a clue; it had something to do with his red nose.
If Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer was human, the red nose would point to a skin condition called rosacea.
Rosacea could be called a skin condition but it is actually more of a blood vessel disorder that mimicks a skin condition. The small vessels of the face get irritated from who-knows-what.
This irritation could then result in blotching and acne-like eruptions around the forehead, nose and chin. The fairer you skin, the more visible the spider veins and blotches are.
Some of us will never outgrow the teenage acne phase but if you’ve always had a smooth
complexion and all of a sudden in your thirties and beyond, you start getting breakouts around the triangle of the face (the forehead being the apex of the triangle), rosacea is the likely culprit.
Your doctor would likely be prescribing an antibiotic cream called metrogel or an antibiotic pill; doxycline to treat rosacea. You might be wondering why rosacea responds to antibiotic treatment when it is not an infection.
The truth is that we don’t know for sure but what we do know is that antibiotics reduces inflammation in the cells.
There is no way to prevent rosacea (as at now) but you can help limit the flare ups by;
1. Limiting sun exposure to your face. Use sunscreen or a wear wide-brimmed hats.
3. Dialing down the stress in your life
If all fails, there’s always makeup.