Recently an article appeared in the Aesthetics Journal, written by Sheila McCann (Aesthetic Nurse Prescriber), which details very well the symptoms of rosacea and how a lot of sufferers feel about the condition. Here are some small excerpts from this article:
“Rosacea is a condition often misdiagnosed and the causes are sometimes unclear. It manifests on the face, especially the cheeks, chin, nose and mid forehead, and although it is not a life threatening condition, it can cause enormous social and psychological problems. Patients with rosacea have reported a negative burden of their disease, such as low self-esteem, low self-confidence, and decreased social interactions. Improvement of the clinical symptoms of rosacea can improve the patient’s emotional well being and quality of life.”
Who is most likely to get rosacea?
“Rosacea develops gradually; in a survey of 1,391 rosacea patients conducted by the National Rosacea Society (NRS), 43% of patients said their rosacea first appeared between the ages of 30 and 50, while 39% reported that the disorder occurred after age 50 and 17% said they developed rosacea prior to age 30.”
“Individuals with fair skin; particularly those of Scottish, Irish or Celtic descent are more predisposed to rosacea. As such, the condition is commonly known as ‘the curse of the Celts’, although people with darker skin types can also suffer from it. Common triggers are exercise, sun and wind exposure, hot weather, stress, spicy foods, alcohol, and hot baths.”
What causes the condition?
“The causes of rosacea are not clearly understood. There are several possibilities but there isn’t enough evidence to support each theory as conclusive. There appears to be genetic and environmental factors involved in rosacea; frequently there is a history of family members having the condition.”
“Rosacea often flares-up when something causes the blood vessels in the face to expand, which causes redness. Common triggers are exercise, sun and wind exposure, hot weather, stress, spicy foods, alcohol, and hot baths. Swings in temperature from hot to cold or cold to hot can also cause a flare-up of rosacea.”
Can rosacea be treated?
As a generalisation, rosacea cannot usually be cured, but the symptoms can be treated successfully. Laser treatment can go a long way toward improving facial redness associated with rosacea.
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If you suffer with facial redness, and would like to speak to one of our medical professionals, please get in touch. All our initial consultations are free of charge, and there is never any obligation to proceed with a particular treatment.