Although 14 million people in the United States alone have rosacea, 78 percent of the population doesn't even know about the disorder, including many who have it.
Rosacea is a chronic, long-term skin disorder that primarily surfaces as a reddinging and swelling of the skin. Those with rosacea tend to flush or blush very easily. Other areas that can be affected by rosacea are the ears, neck, chest, and scalp.
Although information regarding rosacea has become more mainstream in recent years, many people still do not understand the condition and many misconceptions exist. Here are some common questions and answers about rosacea.
What are the symptoms of rosacea? Rosacea signs and symptoms vary from person to person. The most common symptom is flushing on the face. Papules and pustules, types of breakouts, are also reported.
Is there a cure for rosacea? There is no current cure for the condition. But dermatologists can prescribe a number of topical or oral treatments that can diminish the signs and symptoms of the condition. Many people can enjoy a virtually normal life when controlling rosacea with treatment.
Is treatment really necessary? Can rosacea go away on its own? Generally rosacea will only get worse over time if a dermatologist doesn't help create a treatment plan. Left untreated, rosacea may advance to a situation where rhinophyma occurs. With this condition the oil glands on the nose become enlarged and the nose becomes bumpy, red and enlarged.
What causes the condition? There is no definitive answer to the cause of rosacea. Medical experts say it is a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
How often do people with rosacea suffer from other skin conditions? According to Rosacea.net, in a survey of more than 1,000 rosacea patients, 77 percent said they had also been diagnosed with another skin condition. Acne was the most common, followed by non-melanoma skin cancer.
Who is more likely to get rosacea? Women tend to have rosacea more than men. However, men are more likely to experience rhinophyma than women.
Can foods or beverages aggravate rosacea symptoms? Yes. Consuming spicy foods or drinking alcoholic beverages - both of which may cause people to flush naturally, can make rosacea symptoms worse. Even some medicines, like blood-pressure medication, can cause flushing, exacerbating rosacea symptoms.
Can acne medication be used on rosacea? Typically, over-the-counter acne medications are ineffectual and can actually irritate the skin or rosacea.
The emotional symptoms of rosacea tend to be worse than the actual physical symptoms. While not life-threatening, many people with the condition feel embarrassed and may become withdrawn. The good news is that with treatment and by watching diet, sun exposure and other flushing triggers, rosacea can be managed.
Additionally, through treatment and some light makeup, people with rosacea can be virtually indistinguishable from those without the skin condition.