What is Rosacea?
The challenge of Rosacea
Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition estimated to affect 16 million Americans. Common symptoms can include facial redness, and pimples and bumps (also called inflammatory lesions). Whether you are diagnosed yet or not, if you want to learn more about rosacea and a new topical treatment option, there's information and resources here that can help you take an active role in managing your skin's health.
Although you may notice that some of the symptoms look similar to acne and may be confused at times with acne, rosacea is different. It is important to know the difference, because harsh acne treatments may irritate the already-sensitive skin of rosacea.
Redness on the central part of the face (cheeks, forehead, nose, or chin)
Inflamed bumps and pimples often seen in moderate-to-severe rosacea
Primarily affects the face, but also can affect the back, shoulders, and chest
Can include blackheads and/or whiteheads first, followed by inflamed pimples and red bumps
Rosacea and its symptoms can affect more than your skin. Emotional stress can be a cause and a symptom of rosacea. Sometimes feeling embarrassed, frustrated, or anxious regarding your rosacea is natural. Know that you are not alone. There are resources and support for you and for the millions in the US like you who have rosacea.
Know your triggers
There are a number of foods and situations that can trigger rosacea symptoms:
Hot or Spicy
Though your rosacea may not be affected by every trigger, it’s important to be aware of them. Make a note of your activities on the days you experience flare-ups to help pinpoint which rosacea triggers to avoid in the future.
Treatment of Rosacea
Since rosacea symptoms may vary from one patient to another, treatment must be based on each individual’s needs. Only a healthcare professional can diagnose rosacea and determine a treatment plan.
Oral medicines are common treatments for rosacea. Since they are taken by mouth and absorbed through the stomach into the bloodstream, oral medicines can produce systemic side effects in your body.