More than 14 million Americans suffer from the chronic skin condition known as Rosacea, but according to the National Rosacea Society, most people don't realize it. Rosacea, which primarily affects the face, but can also include the neck, scalp and or eyes, is commonly mistaken for acne, or sunburn.
Rosacea often starts as a redness of the nose and checks that comes and goes, a flushing of the face that is brought on by sun exposure, stress, dry and /or cold weather, exercising, eating spicy foods or drinking alcohol. Eventually the redness becomes more pronounced and permanent, and includes telangiectasias (tiny blood vessels). Rosacea commonly includes small pimples or bumps on the lower part of the face.
The symptoms of Rosacea tend to start in those over 30 and are more common in fair skinned individuals. It is still unknown what causes Rosacea, but heredity plays a role. Other theories include a disorder of the blood vessels, a bacteria or infection. It's imperative to control rosacea to avoid the growth of facial spider veins.
• Antibiotic creams or pills may be used to treat redness and pimples. Antibiotic pills may also help treat eye problems. Women who are pregnant should not use some antibiotic creams or pills. If you use antibiotics, be patient - it can take a month or two before you start to see improvement.
• Stronger medicines may be tried if antibiotics don't control your rosacea. Examples include isotretinoin (Accutane) or tretinoin cream (Retin-A). You cannot use these if you are pregnant or might become pregnant.
• Surgery or other treatments may help your skin look better if you have advanced rosacea. Choices may include Dermabrasion, cryosurgery, or laser surgery.
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