Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterized by reddened skin affecting the face, neck and chest. There are four types of rosacea, each with different features. In addition to redness, there may be flushing, visible blood vessels, swelling, acne-like breakouts, thickened bumpy skin, or red and swollen eyes. Pores may appear enlarged.This redness may come and go, or it may be permanent among people who have suffered from the condition for a long time. Some people also experience stinging and burning sensations, as well as overly dry or oily skin.
Did you know…
that rosacea is a very common skin disease in the U.S.? The National Rosacea Society estimates that 16 million Americans have the disease, though many go undiagnosed. Rosacea most commonly begins between the ages of 30 and 50 among light-skinned individuals of Celtic or Scandinavian descent. However, anyone can get the disease – including dark-skinned people and young children. Not even celebrities are immune to the condition. President Donald Trump, Princess Diana, and Renee Zellweiger are just some of the famous personalities who have been diagnosed with rosacea.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I have rosacea?
Many people with rosacea are unaware that they have the condition. However, it is highly treatable when diagnosed. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of rosacea – skin redness, flushing, stinging or burning of the eyes, bumpy breakouts, and thickened skin – see your provider for a diagnosis. Sometimes rosacea can occur together with acne, especially in younger patients. When left untreated, rosacea may worsen over time. It is important to make the correct diagnosis, as an individualized treatment plan will result in better outcomes.
What should I expect from rosacea treatment?
There is no cure for rosacea, but there are treatments available to help alleviate symptoms. Your individualized treatment plan may include a combination of topical medications, cosmeceutical products, laser or light treatments, and microneedling.
What can I do to help facilitate my treatment?
Your rosacea may clear on its own or stay for many years. Though you may not have control over it, there are some steps you can take to prevent flare-ups. For example, wearing sunscreen every day can reduce redness and make the skin easier to evaluate for skin cancer, especially since rosacea affects light-skinned individuals who are already at increased risk. Evaluation by an eye care specialist is important for those suffering from ocular (eye) symptoms. Identifying triggers, protecting the skin barrier from water loss and a healthy diet rich in antioxidants may also help control flares.