Rosacea


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Rosacea is a chronic condition in which skin turns red, and sometimes even swells. The condition becomes pronounced over a long period of time, many misdiagnose it to be acne or even sunburn. It is not painful, and is treated with topical creams to reduce the inflammation. The most common areas for rosacea to form are across the face- on nose, cheeks, and forehead. Very rarely, rosacea spreads to the ears, neck, or back. Besides the reddened face, there are no other effects caused by the condition.


Q1: A few of my friends have naturally red / pink cheeks and during physical exercise their whole face can turn red very easily. Is it because of Rosacea? (S. Hardewig)
A1: No, while they do have potential to get Rosacea in the future, temporary redness of the face is not an effect of Rosacea. Once someone has Rosacea, the red patches will remain. Sudies have shown though, that people who do blush or flush easily have skin that is more prone to developing rosacea.

Q2: Is there an age that Rosacea is most common in? (M.White)
A2: Yes, while it may develop at any age, Rosacea is far more common in adults. The age at which most people will notice the onset of Rosacea is between 30-60 years of age.

Q3: What is an easy way to tell if something is Rosacea or simply acne or sunburn? (A. Jones)
A3:It is very difficult to diagnose Rosacea correctly while people are still young. During teenage years, most doctors would assume that is it acne - firstly because of the commoness of acne in teenage years and secondly because it is very rare for teens to develop Rosacea. Since it is not presssing to diagnose rosacea immediately, there is not pressure to determine if it is rosacea or an enviornment factor,

Q4: Is there any cure for Rosacea? (W.Stocker)
A4: There is no permanent cure. People with severe Rosacea can be proscribed creams and medicines. Some people notice a great enough improvement that the Rosacea is no longer visible, but they still have the condition and it will reappear. The creams and medicines are very important to keep the Rosacea from spreading and becoming more severe.

Q5: Does Rosacea weaken your skin tissue?(E.Stanko)
No, rosacea do not actually weaken the skin tissue, it simply alters appearance. Now, people with rosacea do need to take cafeful care of their facial skin - but it is not to avoid weakening, it is to make sure outbreaks don't arise.