More than Flushing, Blushing & Break-Outs

Shining light on the often misunderstood skin condition of Rosacea.
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The common skin condition referred to as rosacea affects more than 16 million individuals, most between the ages of 20 to 50 and many of whom are unaware of their condition.  Characterized by the signature red or “ruddy” look on the cheeks, central forehead or nose, rosacea is often mistakenly referred to as adult acne.  However, as you can see in the photo above, rosacea is more than acne blemishes – which are a trait of the condition – but visible, widened blood vessels present on the face as well. The direct cause of rosacea is unknown and the severity of the condition can vary upon the individual.
 
Rosacea patients have sensitive skin which can be easily irritated by products and triggers in the environment.  (Doc Warrick dives into common Rosacea triggers in his Derm Talk below!)  A hot, stinging sensation during or after flushing episodes can present itself which brings discomfort for the individual.  The acne-like blemishes can also be not only painful, but embarrassing for the patient. This brings up another side of the condition which patients find themselves navigating during flushes or episodes.
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Rosacea can have social and psychological implications on the patient as well as medical.  While navigating the landmine of triggers, an individual with rosacea can find themselves doing a lot of explaining to friends and strangers alike. According to the National Rosacea Society an estimated 78% of the population is undereducated in regards to rosacea. Assumptions can easily be made relating acne blemishes or papules to poor hygiene or the flushed appearance being attributed to alcohol consumption.  Large percentages of those with rosacea have reported the condition has affected their social or professional interactions, and some have even reported calling out to work due to flare-ups.

While it can not be completely cured, it can however be managed with various medications, skin care products or laser treatments.  Check out our Rosacea & Redness Board on Pinterest during Rosacea Awareness Month for more helpful products and management tips. If you suspect you may have symptoms of rosacea, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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