Face the Facts About Rosacea
Would you know if you had rosacea? Over 16 million Americans suffer from a chronic and progressive skin disorder—and most don’t even know it. That’s why April has been designated as Rosacea Awareness Month by the National Rosacea Society.
Know the Warning Signs
Rosacea is often called "The Great Impostor" because it can easily be confused with other skin conditions like teenage acne—even though rosacea occurs most frequently among baby boomers.1 Most concerning is that, if left untreated, rosacea will undoubtedly worsen.
So how do you tell if you or someone you know has rosacea?
Potential signs include2:
- Flushing. Recurrence of a fire-red facial complexion that looks as though you’ve just completed an intense workout. This is usually the earliest sign.
- Intense redness. May resemble a blush or sunburn on nose, chin, cheeks, and forehead that does not subside.
- Bumps and pimples. Small red or pus-filled bumps develop that may resemble acne without the presence of blackheads. May burn or sting.
- Visible blood vessels. Small blood vessels become visible on the skin.
So where does rosacea come from?
Although many theories abound, not even the foremost experts know what causes rosacea. However, we do know that it appears most frequently in women, people with fair skin, and those who tend to blush easily.2
Tips to Calm Rosacea
There is no cure for rosacea, but sufferers can take comfort in knowing it can be treated. If you have potential visible signs of rosacea, don’t delay seeking help. Here are a few tips for healthy skin and calming the signs of rosacea.
First, visit your skin care physician for an individualized plan of treatment. In addition, during the winter months or in dry, windy climates, protect your face with scarves, avoiding wool and other materials that may further irritate your skin. Try not to spend too much time near the dry heat of a fireplace, and purchase a humidifier to help moisturize the air and keep your skin hydrated.3
Your skin care physician may suggest you treat the signs and symptoms of rosacea with a complete therapeutic skin care system such as the Obagi Rosaclear® System* to help achieve a clearer, calmer, more balanced-looking complexion. The Rosaclear System is a gentle yet effective skin care system that soothes the skin while reducing visible redness and blotchiness. In fact, clinical studies with the Rosaclear System demonstrated a reduction in facial redness at 1 week and continued improvement after 4 weeks.4
A Rosy Outlook
In honor of Rosacea Awareness Month, talk to your skin care physician and seek treatment today to take back control of your skin and health. In addition, you can help spread the word and the relief by sharing this blog with someone you know who could benefit from learning more about rosacea.
*This product has been discontinued and is no longer available for purchase.
References: 1. Rosacea Awareness Month sheds light on “The Great Imposter.” National Rosacea Society Web site.
http://www.rosacea.org/press/archive/20110209.php. Accessed March 25, 2013.
2. Your skin and rosacea. WebMD Web site.
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/skin-conditions-rosacea. Accessed March 28, 2013.
3. Careful care can defeat dryness. National Rosacea Society Web site.
http://www.rosacea.org/rr/2013/winter/article_2.php. Accessed March 28, 2013.
4. Goldman MP. 28-day Rosaclear System benefits assessment. November 2008. OMP, Inc. Data on file.