April marks National Rosacea Awareness Month. A common skin problem for many—according to the National Rosacea Society (NRS), more than 16 million Americans are affected by Rosacea. Defined by a flushing appearance and persistent redness, it is conspicuous in appearance and can prove to be difficult to manage. Fortunately, while chronic, rosacea is a treatable disorder.
What Is Rosacea?
While symptoms vary substantially between individuals, rosacea is characterized by a persistent facial redness—whether that be a rosy red glow or an all over and definite mask. For those with more severe cases, symptoms may also include bumps (known as papules) and pimples (pustules). Thick skin, irregular nodules, and visible blood vessels (telangiectasia) can also occur. Most prevalent across the “t-zone” and cheeks, in extreme cases, the nose and eyes can also be affected. The skin becomes tender and is often accompanied by a burning and stinging sensation.
What Triggers Rosacea?
Although the cause of rosacea is not fully understood, it is believed that the condition may have links to a number of factors, including genetics, abnormal blood vessels, or skin mites. While rosacea can affect a man or woman of any age, most commonly, rosacea is first observed in those between the ages of 30 and 50. Over time, one is likely to experience a number of “flare-ups”, relapses, and remissions.
Common triggers not only aggravate rosacea, but can worsen one’s condition. Stress, sunlight, and alcohol each play a part in the progression of rosacea. Even healthy habits, like exercise, may prove to be a trigger for some.
How Is Rosacea Treated?
As a progressive condition, when left untreated, the effects of rosacea become increasingly severe. Early detection and diagnosis are key to managing symptoms. Sharing characteristics similar as to acne, sunburn, or rosy cheeks, early signs of rosacea are commonly overlooked and is often mistaken for a lesser condition. Thus, it is important to seek out professional medical help.
While there is no known cure, there are a number of ways to manage and control symptoms in order to minimize the effects of rosacea. Specialty trained in cosmetic dermatology, Urban Effect’s nurse practitioner Susan Cross, ARNP helps our patients recognize common warning signs and recommends treatment specific to each patient’s individual needs.
Many patient’s see improvement with minimal effort such as:
- Making small lifestyle changes
- Following a regimented skin care routine with specific sunscreen protection
- Taking prescription medication
In addition, in office treatments like BBL (Broadband Light) have proven to be very effective in lessening the effects of rosacea.
Learn More with Us at Urban Effects
Setting aside the month of April, we hope to educate our patients on the causes, triggers, and effects of rosacea. To learn more, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with us at Urban Effects.