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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Coping With Rosacea


Do people comment on your constantly rosy cheeks? Have you noticed your face appearing sunburned for no apparent reason? Getting tired of people telling you to lighten up on the blush? If any of these things are common for you, it could be rosacea.

Rosacea is a common skin condition affecting approximately 16 million Americans. It typically manifests at or after age 30. This chronic disease is characterized by redness or pimples on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. Although rosacea is more common in women, men tend to exhibit more severe symptoms. The cause of this condition is unknown, and there is no cure. But don’t lose hope just yet! Having rosacea does NOT mean you have to suffer! By knowing the symptoms and proper treatment methods, this condition can be easily controlled.

Symptoms

Persistent redness is the most common symptom of rosacea. This flushing may come and go and often resembles a sunburn that does not go away.
Bumps and pimples, often resembling acne without blackheads, sometimes develop and may cause a burning or stinging sensation.
Visible blood vessels may also appear on the skin.

If left untreated, rosacea usually worsens over time. In severe cases, rhinophyma may develop. This refers to the enlarging of the nose due to a buildup of tissue, causing a swollen and bumpy appearance. Though it can be corrected with surgery, the condition may return. 

Triggers

As triggers may vary from patient to patient, constant monitoring is necessary to determine what causes flare-ups for each individual. Common triggers include:
• Alcohol
• Spicy foods
• Emotional stress
• Heat
• Sun and wind exposure

Treatment

The good news is that rosacea is easily controllable and medically manageable! Because the signs of this disease vary from person to person, you should see a dermatologist for treatment that is tailored to your specific skin type. Your doctor may prescribe oral or topical medications, but daily skin care also can help reverse the symptoms of rosacea. Some at-home treatment methods include:
  • Use skin care products for sensitive skin that are non-abrasive. Rinse the cleanser with lukewarm water and blot (don’t rub) your face dry with a cotton towel.
  • Ladies should consider green-tinted foundations. It may sound odd, but think about it: Because red and green are complementary colors, the green makeup will help counter facial redness. Even if you don’t use the green-tinted foundation, always make sure to avoid pink or orange hues that will make your rosacea more prominent!

Do you have any other questions regarding rosacea, symptoms or treatments?  Leave your questions or comments below, and I’ll try to help you out! If you need an appointment with Advanced Dermatology, click here.

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