4/14/12

What to Know about Rosacea

Rosacea is a very common condition.  Millions of Americans experience Rosacea at some point in their lives.  With symptoms ranging from flushed cheeks to eyelid cysts, flaking or oily skin to stinging or burning, Rosacea can have a deep and personal impact on your life.  People with a personal or family history of Rosacea or acne are more likely to have more aggressive forms of Rosacea.  Symptoms typically appear as people approach their mid thirties to fifties.  Sometimes the symptoms go away after several years, and sometimes the symptoms continue to flare.

People with Rosacea commonly feel depressed or isolated, even avoiding social events out of embarrassment or awkwardness.  Rosacea can raise stress levels.  Sometime people assume the red face is a sign of an alcohol problem.  When your face is discolored or uneven, it is very difficult to feel relaxed and comfortable with other people whether at work, out and about, or at home.

Rosacea is divided into subtypes, each with their own set of symptoms and treatments.  Treatment in nearly all cases can help reduce or eliminate existing symptoms and future flares.  A special skin care regimen is typically included in a course of treatment and plays a major role in controlling flaring symptoms.

The earlier you are treated, the more effective the treatment is likely to be.  When caught early, the symptoms may be completely controlled.

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