Are You One of the 14 Million That Suffers From Rosacea?
If so, it all starts with a No-Obligation Consultation at Fresh
Vitality, where we can evaluate you for Rosacea Treatment - which
may include oral and topical medication, Intense Pulsed
Light (IPL) and/or the Obagi
Though 1 in
20 Americans have Rosacea, most people with it donít even realize
they have it. Read on to learn a little about this common, yet
barely known skin condition.
It is estimated that Rosacea affects more than 14 million Americans,
occurring most commonly in adults age 30 to 60. People with Rosacea
need to be aware of and avoid the known triggers - alcohol,
caffeine, spicy food, and chocolate, and to be careful to wear
protection when in the sun.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea (pronounced "roh-ZAY-sha") is a chronic disorder of the
facial skin primarily, often characterized by flare-ups and
remissions. Many have observed that it typically begins any time
after age 30 as a redness that may come and go on the cheeks, nose,
chin or forehead. In some cases, rosacea may also occur on the neck,
chest, scalp or ears. Over time, the redness may increase and become
more persistent, and blood vessels may become more visible. Left
untreated, bumps and pimples can develop, and another condition,
called Rhinophyma (pronounced "rhi-no-FY-muh") may appear. The late
comedian W.C. Fields suffered from this.
In some rosacea patients, the eyes may also be affected, feeling
irritated and appearing watery or bloodshot.
Fair-skinned individuals who blush easily are believed to be at
greatest risk, although rosacea can affect other skin types as well.
Although it is more frequently diagnosed in women, more severe
symptoms tend to be seen in men.
Genetics may play a part as 30% to 40% of patients with rosacea have
a close relative with the condition. The cause of Rosacea is
unknown, and there is no cure as yet, but there is treatment
available to control or reverse its signs and symptoms.
What to look for Ö are you a candidate?
Rosacea always includes at least one of the following primary signs,
and various secondary signs and symptoms may also develop. Primary
signs of Rosacea:
Many people with rosacea have a history of frequent
blushing or flushing. This facial redness may come and
go, and is often the earliest sign of the disorder.
- Persistent Redness
Persistent facial redness is the most common individual
sign of rosacea, and may resemble a blush or sunburn
that does not go away.
- Bumps and Pimples
Small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples often
develop. While these may resemble acne, blackheads are
absent and burning or stinging may occur.
- Visible Blood Vessels
In many people with rosacea, small blood vessels become
visible on the skin.
Other Potential Signs and Symptoms
- Eye Irritation
In many people with rosacea, the eyes may be irritated
and appear watery or bloodshot, a condition known as
ocular rosacea. The eyelids also may become red and
swollen, and sties are common. Severe cases can result
in corneal damage and vision loss without medical help.
- Burning or Stinging
Burning or stinging sensations may often occur on the
face. Itching or a feeling of tightness may also
- Dry Appearance
The central facial skin may be rough, and thus appear to
be very dry.
Raised red patches, known as plaques, may develop
without changes in the surrounding skin.
- Skin Thickening
The skin may thicken and enlarge from excess tissue,
most commonly on the nose. This condition, known as
Rhinophyma, affects more men than women.
Facial swelling, known as edema, may accompany other
signs of rosacea or occur independently.
Recommended Rosacea Treatments
How is Rosacea Treated?
Because the signs and symptoms of rosacea vary from one patient to
another, treatment must be tailored by a physician for each
Initially, both oral and topical medications may be
prescribed to treat the bumps, pimples and redness often
associated with Rosacea. Oral medications are useful to
bring the condition under immediate control, followed by
long-term use of topical therapy alone to maintain
- Intense Pulsed Light
Treatments with Intense
Pulsed Light -- IPL -- may be used to remove
visible blood vessels, reduce extensive redness or
correct disfigurement of the nose. IPL is one of the
services offered at Fresh Vitality that is quite
beneficial in the management of Rosacea.
- Skin Care
A gentle skin-care routine can also help. We
recommend the Obagi
Rosaclear System, which is a
physician-prescribed, effective way to manage and help
soothe Rosacea through home skin care. The Obagi
Rosaclear System incorporates a therapeutic prescription
component, as well as products that help calm your skin
and minimize the visible redness and blotchiness
associated with rosacea.
- Sun Protection
Patients are advised to protect the skin from sun
exposure using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
Makeup may be used to conceal the effects of
rosacea. Green-tinted moisturizers or primers can be
used to counter redness. Follow up with a skin-tone
foundation with natural yellow tones. Avoid those with
pink or orange hues, which will exaggerate redness.
- Lifestyle Management
In addition to medical treatment, Rosacea sufferers can
help to prevent flare-ups and improve their chances of
maintaining remission by identifying and avoiding
lifestyle and environmental factors that trigger or
aggravate their condition, like sun exposure, vigorous
exercise, caffeine, stress, spicy food, excessive sugar
and sweets, and alcohol.
Before and After Photos of Rosacea
Treatment with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Let Fresh Vitality be your partner in the management of
the sometimes debilitating condition of Rosacea.