April is National Rosacea Awareness month and we wanted to give you the run down on the skin disorder that now affects more than 16 million Americans. With the spring and summer sun promising warmer weather, it’s important for rosacea sufferers to be aware of their condition and to take precautions against the heat and other lifestyle factors that can cause flare ups. Read on for facts on this skin condition and tips for dealing with it…
- Rosacea is seen most frequently in women aged 30- 50; however it typically affects men more destructively. At the beginning stages, it can be a light flushing or redness on the cheeks, chin, nose, or forehead that can come and go.
- Compared to others, rosacea sufferers may get red easier and remain red longer when participating in any activity or behavior that causes general flushing (exercise, steam, stress, etc.). Heat is a major trigger, with 80% of rosacea sufferers claiming they have had a flare up from sunny weather, 56% finding indoor heat a cause for flare up, and 55% affected from heavy exercise.
- Dry skin is common among rosacea sufferers. Not addressing this dryness/dehydration will worsen the symptoms of rosacea. This skin condition needs a moisturizer that will draw moisture to the epidermis while containing occlusive ingredients to hold that moisture in. Check labels for occlusive ingredients like Hyaluronic acid, shea butter, honey, or olive oil.
- If left untreated, rosacea tends to worsen. The red flushing that appears sporadically in the beginning stages appears more often and small blood vessels become visible on the skins surface. As the condition progresses through four stages, red bumps, pimples, broken blood vessels, swelling, and even inflamed facial tissue can occur. When the condition is left untreated over the years, widespread and permanent damage to the facial skin and blood vessels.
- Rosacea may be more common in certain hereditary backgrounds. These backgrounds include, but are not limited to Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, Russian, Polish, Czech, Native American and Asian.
Because Rosacea is a progressive skin condition, it is easiest to treat the earlier it is caught. If you’re noticing mild but frequent bouts of facial flushing this can be a sign of pre-Rosacea. Visit your skin care specialist to talk about a treatment and product plan to get it under control before more serious damage to the skin occurs.