Rosacea is an extremely common skin condition that remains poorly understood. It is estimated that nearly 48 million people worldwide suffer from this skin disease. Americans account for approximately 16 million of those affected, nearly one quarter of all reported cases. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, it is important to realize that you are not alone and there are many treatments available to help alleviate the symptoms.
Among the vast number of people who suffer from rosacea, celebrities and famous people are affected, too. Flare-ups can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, but it has not prevented many celebrities from appearing in the press or in front of cameras. There are few positions that are as prominent as the President of the United States, but former President Bill Clinton made many speeches and television addresses while managing his rosacea. Princess Diana suffered from the same condition but always looked poised and graceful at every event she attended. Even Mariah Carey, who appears in front of millions during her concerts, battles with rosacea. Despite her condition, she has been listed as one of the most beautiful women in many different magazines.
Although many celebrities live with rosacea, few have been as vocal as Cynthia Nixon. Many know her as Miranda from Sex in the City, but she has recently become the face for the fight against rosacea. She has made a number of public service announcements that have been broadcast nationwide. Nixon has thrust herself into the limelight in order to help others who are also affected by rosacea learn to cope with the symptoms.
How to Recognize Rosacea
A recent Gallup survey indicates that 78% of Americans know nothing about the skin disease, including how to recognize rosacea symptoms. The most common symptoms include redness of the face, blushing, burning sensation, red bumps, and cysts. These symptoms tend to flare up periodically with many people claiming to have clear skin for months between outbreaks.
The exact causes of rosacea remain a mystery, but it seems to be linked to genetics, sun exposure, gastrointestinal disease, and medications which cause blood vessels to expand. Most cases seem to be hereditary since many who suffer from it have a close family member with the same condition.
Treatment of Rosacea
Once you are diagnosed, it is important that you learn to manage your skin condition. You should first find and effective skin care routine, learn what triggers your flare-ups, and see a dermatologist if you need help controlling your symptoms. There are many different treatments for rosacea from antibacterial washes, antibiotic pills, and topical creams to pulsed-light therapies, lasers, and photodynamic therapy. Mild conditions usually don’t require such extreme measures, but resistant cases often require a combination of treatments. Before going down this route, you should explore your options.
There are a variety of skin care products and treatments available to help you control your condition to ensure that rosacea does not control you. It’s important to incorporate quality skin care products into your regimen in order to alleviate redness. It is also essential to use products that do not contain ingredients that may further irritate the skin. For more information about how to control your rosacea outbreaks, you should consult a dermatologist to discuss treatment options that may be right for you.
Byline:Frank J. Massino is the CEO & founder of Pyratine, a skincare company focusing on rosacea treatment.