Acne Rosacea is a poorly understood chronic, or long term, condition which is estimated to affect up to 16 million Americans. Rosacea most commonly affects fair skinned people of North European descent and affects twice as many women as men, although the symptoms tend to be more severe in men. Although Rosacea symptoms are not detrimental to the patients general health they can have phsycological affects. A recent survey by the National Rosacea Society found that 76% of Rosacea sufferers felt that their skin condition had adversely affected their self esteem. Symptoms typically first appear between the ages of 30 to 50 but can start in the early 20′s as flushing or facial redness which can be confused with blushing. As the disease develops pimples or pustules can develop on the face, redness will develop on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, small visible blood vessels may develop on the skin of the face and the eyes may become irritated (Ocular Rosacea). In more severe cases the skin can thicken, usually around the nose, where it is known as Rhinophyma.
Although there is no known complete cure for Rosacea several triggers have been observed which are known to increase the signs and symptoms of the condition. These include exposure to sunlight, stress, alchohol, extremes of temperature and eating certain, usually highly spiced, foods. Identifying and avoiding these triggers can be a useful way in controlling the condition. A dermatologist can also help with a range of medications to lessen the affects of Rosacea. The Revitol range has an excellent cream which has been proven to reduce the signs of rosacea very well. Rosacea Laser Treatment is also available as a more expensive option for severe cases. Rosacea is a relapsing condition, people will have periods when their condition is particularly bad followed be periods when they become less severe. By identifying which triggers affect their Rosacea, and seeking medical help, most people can effectively control the effects of their condition.