The National Rosacea Society (NRS) designates April as Rosacea Awareness Month to educate the public on the impact of this chronic and widespread facial disorder now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans. The goal of Rosacea Awareness Month is to spread public education on this disease so that more people who may have rosacea seek medical help before it gets worse, and so those whose lives are affected can find greater public acceptance and understanding.
“The earliest signs of rosacea are often overlooked because people assume they are temporary and will go away,” said Dr. John Wolf, chairman of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine. “Unfortunately, without medical treatment the effects of rosacea often persist and become increasingly severe.”
“Rosacea is a very common facial disorder that affects 16 million Americans. Many people experience the warning signs and aren’t informed due to the lack of education or awareness. That is why The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has dedicated an entire month to the skin disorder.
Experts are not sure what causes rosacea. They know that something irritates the skin, but rosacea doesn’t seem to be an infection caused by bacteria. It tends to affect people who have fair skin or blush easily, and it seems to run in families. The pattern of redness on a person’s face makes it easy for a doctor to diagnose rosacea. And most of the time medical tests are not needed or used. Rosacea is not caused by alcohol abuse, as people thought in the past. But in people who have rosacea, drinking alcohol may cause symptoms to get worse (flare). Rosacea often flares when something causes the blood vessels in the face to expand, which causes redness. Things that cause a flare-up are called triggers. 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.
Many of the warning signs are
- Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead
- Small visible blood vessels on the surface of the face
- Bumps or pimples on the face
- Watery or irritated eyes
Many spa skin care brands in the industry cater to this skin disorder but it is recommended that you contact your dermatologist if the condition persists.
Individuals with any of the mentioned warning signs of rosacea are urged to seek a dermatologist for diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In addition, with the right skin care regimen and avoiding scenarios that can cause flare ups, it can be managed.