Rosacea can affect people differently! The location and the symptoms are as variable as the individual:
Location: Eyelids, conjunctiva, skin (forehead, cheeks, nose and chin)
Skin changes: dilated capillaries, papule, pustules or red flushing
Symptoms: burning, itching, tingling, warm to touch, rough texture
Research has given us clues to some of the contributors to the disease process but it is still often miss diagnosed and left untreated. Rosacea can be a socially limiting for individuals; so, it is our mission to educate people on what to look out for.
Rosacea is estimated to affect over 16 million Americans. This condition is widespread and 80-93 % of people don’t recognize the disease.
This disorder will start after the age of 30 and primarily affects the face. It starts out with redness of the cheeks, chin, nose and sometimes forehead. If left untreated this will progress to a ruddier consistent problem and the blood vessels will become dilated. In the next stage, bumps and pimples occur and thickening of the skin. This results in a dimorphic architecture. On the nose, it is called rhinophyma that looks bulbous in nature. Patients describe the skin as irritated, sensitive to touch and burns.
Rosacea can also be found on the neck, chest, scalp and ears. If it affects the eyes they will be irritated, watery, and blood shot. People complain that their tears will burn their cheeks. Rosacea is more common in women than men and people with fair skin that flush easily.
In surveys by the National Rosacea Society, they found more than 90 percent of rosacea patients said their condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41 percent reported that it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements. Among rosacea patients with severe symptoms, 88 percent said the disorder had adversely affected their professional interactions, and 51 percent said they had even missed work because of their condition.
Treatment is available.
Many patients are frustrated with their attempts to control or cover up this problem. The chemicals in their skin care products and sunscreen will trigger a flair in their rosacea.
A gentle skin care line and sunblock for both UVA and UVB are necessary in this situation. How much SPF? The research is split. Some articles state 15 is adequate for rosacea but this is not adequate for skin cancer protection. SPF 30 or higher is recommended by the American Cancer Society.
A visit to the medical clinic can provide prescriptions for both topical and oral options.
But lasers and BBL Light treatments are the only option to reverse the damage done to the skin. While the redness and cause of rosacea can be treated with topical and oral therapies, this does not repair the damage. Combined with a light treatment you can have significant reduction then reversal of the damage.
As with Acne: Rosacea is a multistep treatment. Stop the inflammation, treat the infection and repair the damage while protecting yourself from the sun.
For more information on Rosacea see the following:
The National Rosacea Society is an organization that seeks to raise public awareness and support medical research. (http://www.rosacea.org)
For more information on Light treatment on yours skin see: (http://www.foreveryoungbbl.com/)
The latest medication to hit the market is: MIRVASO® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%* is the first and only FDA-approved treatment specifically developed and indicated for the facial erythema of rosacea. The active ingredient in MIRVASO is brimonidine tartrate, a relatively selective alpha-2 adrenergic agonist that may reduce erythema via direct vasoconstriction. This is a glaucoma medication and should not be used near the eyes. Redness will return once the medication wears off and in post market analysis redness rebound can occur. It is great for temporary reduction of the redness.
SkinMedica makes Redness Relief Calm Plex® This is a moisturizer clinically shown to reduce the appearance of facial redness for all skin types with in 2 weeks. This is a less expensive alternative to the Mirvaso®