Rosacea- Part II: “Face Up” To Rosacea

I recently came to two realizations:
  1. I hadn’t written blog entry for a few months, and
  2. I hadn’t written a follow-up to the post from April 2008, aptly named “Rosacea- Part I“.

Although I was probably taking a break from writing three newsletters in May 2008 alone, I still know that many of you were looking forward to the next entry, and I apologize again for the delay.  Having said that, this post serves as the ultimate catching up point for me as I bring you all more vital information on this serious but treatable skin condition.

It’s natural for people diagnosed with Rosacea to feel isolated and embarassed by their skin.  However, everyone should know that Rosacea is actually a very common skin condition.  An estimated 14 million Americans have Rosacea in varying degrees.  In Rosacea- Part I, I discussed many of the basics.

Women are affected by Rosacea three times more frequently than men.  Common acute symptoms include flushing & red blotches appearing most commonly on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead (in that order).

Broken blood vessels develop over time in addition to pimple-like bumps (acne Rosacea).  In later and severe cases, Rosacea can cause skin thickening with a characteristic swollen bumpy nose (most commonly seen in men).  Any Rosacea patient knows that certain factors will trigger their flushing and make even mild Rosacea look and feel worse.  Such common Rosacea triggers include:

-Sun exposure
-Emotional stress
-Extremely hot or cold weather
-Humidity
-Excessive wind
-Excessive exercise
-Alcohol (especially red wine)
-Hot baths (including saunas)
-Spicy food
-Hot beverages
-Irritating skin treatments (especially any abrasive cleansers, dermabrasion & peels)

Obviously, avoiding these triggers can minimize flushing symptoms.  Unfortunately, once broken blood vessels develop, more active treatments are needed.  Topical treatments like Vitamin K can help stabilize these blood vessels.  Laser therapy currently remains the gold standard for both reducing broken vessels and preventing skin thickening.

If you have any specific questions about Rosacea and its treaments, please call us at (207) 873-2158, e-mail us, or comment on our blog.  As always, product specials for each month are listed on our website.

Thanks again for reading this, and for your continuing support!

This entry was originally written as an e-newsletter exclusively for our subscribers on July 7, 2008.  The information has been edited to eliminate dated references, but the main points of the article remain unchanged.  As always, feel free to contact us with any questions, or post any comments (within reason) you may have.

 

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