Although the latest 2010 research from the National Rosacea Society suggest that rosacea affects nearly 16 million Americans, a large majority of those affected have no knowledge of the condition or how to treat it. As rosacea awareness month, April is a great time to take that extra time to educate your patients about this chronic condition.
Some important facts about rosacea:
- it is seen more in women aged 30-50, although it typically affect men more destructively.
- people with rosacea tend to get red more easily and remain red longer when exercising, in heat or under stress.
- dry skin and barrier dysfunction are common, and if not addressed in conjunction with the redness the symptoms will usually worsen.
- rosacea will continue to worsen if left untreated.
Common triggers for rosacea:
• drinking alcoholic beverages
• using alcohol-based products topically
• eating spicy foods
• drinking hot beverages such as coffee and tea
• leading a stressful lifestyle
• saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs
• extremes in temperature
• aggressive mechanical exfoliation of the skin (e.g. loofahs, nut-based scrubs)
Currently, rosacea cannot be cured. It is usally best controlled using a combination of prescriptions, cosmeceuticals and lifestyle considerations. Feel free to contact us or visit pcaskin.com for more information about rosacea, and the products and treatments available for its treatment.