What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common skin disease that usually begins with having a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people. The National Rosacea Society has designated this upcoming April as Rosacea Awareness Month, so we find it an apt time to help you & the general public understand this condition.
More than 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, so taking the time to help create awareness of this common skin disease is crucial.
FIrst, rosacea is a very complex skin disease that has numerous symptoms. Aside from excessive blushing or flushing in the face, the redness can also spread beyond the nose and cheeks, reaching the forehead and chin, and even the ears, chest and back all at the same time.
However, rosacea is much more than just redness; the many signs and symptoms of rosacea are so diverse they have consequently been assigned to four subtypes. If you’re concerned that you may have any of the following symptoms, contact us immediately.
Subtype 1: Facial Redness
Medical name: Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea
Symptoms: Redness, flushing, visible blood vessels, stinging, burning and swelling
Subtype 2: Bumps and Pimples
Medical name: Papulopustular rosacea
Symptoms: Redness, swelling, bumps (papules), acne-like breakouts or pimples (pustules), red patches
Subtype 3: Skin Thickening
Medical name: Phymatous rosacea
Symptoms: Excess tissue, skin thickens and has bumpy texture, often results in enlargement of the nose and irregular surface nodules (bump-like lesions)
Subtype 4: Eye Irritation
Medical name: Ocular rosacea
Symptoms: Red, irritated, watery, or bloodshot eyes, tearing and burning, swollen eyelids, sty-like effects, and recurrent styes
Talking About Rosacea
As with discussing any visible disease, talking about rosacea and insensitive questions can be frustrating and embarrassing. Don’t worry – you’re not alone when it comes to experiencing these situations. Trust us, many individuals feel uncomfortable and humiliated, but that’s why we’re here for you!
Because April is Rosacea Awareness Month, we’re here to educate the public on how to talk about the condition and to create awareness on this common skin disease. Here are some tips to follow when talking about rosacea or trying to share information:
- Many adults have it (16 million Americans), so you are part of a very large group. You are not alone, not everyone is aware of rosacea and may not know how common it truly is.
- Often times people confuse facial redness with heavy drinking or poor hygiene – both of which are untrue about rosacea. Point out these facts to anyone who is confused. Let them know the condition is unrelated to cleanliness, and although heavy drinking can aggravate the disorder, the symptoms can be just as severe in someone sober.
- Rosacea is a condition that comes and goes and is worse during flare-ups. This fluctuating nature is due to specific triggers, so let people know of personal triggers you are avoiding and that you are helping control the condition with medication.
- Subscribe to Rosacea Review and encourage others to educate themselves on the topic. You may know someone with rosacea or have a friend who should see a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment – encourage them to be knowledgeable about the condition.
How to Treat Rosacea
If you believe you may have rosacea or have previously been diagnosed, the following tips can help:3
○ At the first sign of symptoms, treatment often controls the disease and eliminates the visible effects and feelings such as burning or itching.
○ Treating it early can stop the condition from getting worse – before it becomes more difficult to treat.
○ Rosacea may not go away on its own and tends to worsen as time goes on.
○ Different types of rosacea (see ‘Rosacea Symptoms’ above) need different treatments.
○ Over The Counter treatments may worsen your rosacea, as some contain ingredients that cause rosacea to flare up. Prescription treatments from your doctor are specific to your individual’s needs.
- Learn what triggers your rosacea. There are many everyday things that can cause flare-ups, including sunlight, stress and many foods and beverages. Every individual has different triggers, which is why it’s crucial to determine your personal triggers so you can avoid them.
- Follow a rosacea skin care plan. Also an important role in controlling rosacea, the right skin care regimen can help keep rosacea under control. There are products that are too harsh and can worsen your condition.
In additional, there are support groups available and other resources that help many with the disorder live more comfortably.
Do you think you have any of the following symptoms or need help controlling your rosacea? We’re here to help, so please contact us for any concerns you may have. We offer laser treatments for blood vessels and generalized redness and can prescribe topical or oral antibiotics.
If you have any friends who you may want to share this information, or want to help create awareness with the general public, please feel free to comment below or to share this post.