Rosacea is one of the most common chronic skin conditions affecting adults around the world. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most misunderstood. According to the National Rosacea Society, roughly 16 million Americans suffer from the condition, but only a small fraction of those people are currently receiving treatment. This is a shame because dermatological treatment of Rosacea can improve the lives of patients. In order to raise awareness and increase understanding of rosacea, we have compiled a brief series of common Q&As.
Q: What is rosacea
A: Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes flares ups of redness and irritation of the skin–generally affecting cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. Rosacea can also cause redness or swelling of the eyes, and it is less commonly known to affect the neck, chest, or scalp. Left untreated, rosacea can progress and become more noticeable and painful.
Q: Can rosacea be cured?
A: There is no cure for rosacea. However, with proper medical treatment, many of its symptoms can be controlled or even eliminated.
Q: What causes rosacea?
A: The exact causes of rosacea are unknown. It is important to understand that rosacea is not contagious. It can also be said with certainty that many lifestyle and environmental triggers can make rosacea symptoms worse. (Though it is important to note that these are not causes in and of themselves.)
Q: Who is at risk for developing rosacea?
A: Rosacea affects people of both sexes, and of all ages and ethnicities. However, rosacea tends to appear between the ages of 30 and 60; and women and people of lighters complexions are at an increased risk.
Q: What are rosacea triggers?
A: Everyone’s individual experience with rosacea is different, however, a few common triggering factors include:
● Sun exposure
● Emotional stress
● Exposure to extreme temperatures and weather conditions
● Alcohol consumption
● Spicy foods
● Heavy exercise
● Hot baths and heated beverages
● Certain skin-care products.
Q: How is rosacea treated?
A: Treatment of rosacea must be tailored to the needs and symptoms of each individual patient. Common treatments include antibiotics, topical solutions, and the prescription of simple lifestyle changes in order to avoid rosacea triggers. In some circumstances, laser treatment and other surgical procedures are performed–generally for cosmetic reasons.
Q: How can I learn more about living With rosacea?
A: The National Rosacea Society and the American Academy of Dermatology both offer a wealth of information and resources for rosacea patients to take advantage of. Of course, seeking the dermatological advice of a trained medical professional is highly recommended, as it is the only way to ensure that you are receiving the correct treatment. To schedule an appointment with BH Skin today, contact us online or over the phone!