According to studies by the American Association of Dermatology, adults can suffer from regular breakouts until the age of 60. One of them is Rosacea. Rosacea, which resembles acne, is often misdiagnosed as adult acne, primarily because of the their similarities. Rosacea is typically characterized by persistent skin redness specifically across the cheeks, nose and forehead. Its similarity with acne lies when pimples, blemishes, skin inflammation and bumps that accompany it.
Rosacea is a non-contagious skin condition that affects people from age 30 to 60. Though Rosacea affects both sexes, it is three times more common in women than men. Other symptoms of Rosacea include visible blood vessels on the face (telangiectasia), red or pink eyes, stinging and burning sensation in the affected area.
Myths About Rosacea
Myth #1: Heavy drinking causes Rosacea
Fact: Heavy drinking has been associated with Rosacea flare ups, but it’s not a cause. Rosacea is most commonly found in fair skin that flushes or blushes easily. Genetics, inflammatory problems, vascular problems and environmental factors can each contribute to this condition. Apart from alcohol, chocolate, caffeine, tomatoes, exercising, too much sun, stomach flu, stress, extreme climatic conditions can cause a Rosacea flare-up.
Myth #2: Rosacea is a rare disorder
Fact: Rosacea is a very common skin disorder that affects women more than men. Research shows that almost 13 million Americans are affected by Rosacea with growing numbers.
Myth # 3: Rosacea is restricted to specific areas on the face
Fact: Though Rosacea has normally been seen to affect the central part of the face (i.e. the cheeks, nose and forehead), it sometimes affects the eyes as well. Individuals with facial Rosacea have been known to develop Rosacea on the eye, which symptoms include blurred vision, red or pink eyes, excess watering, eye infections, and vision impairment.
Myth # 4: The best treatment for Rosacea is topical steroid therapy.
Fact: There are a number of treatments available for Rosacea. While topical steroids were used to treat Rosacea, a number of times the Rosacea worsened. There are a variety of prescription topical creams and oral antibiotics, which take care of mild to severe Rosacea. Popular treatments amongst Rosacea patients, and endorsed by dermatologists, are laser therapy and glycolic peels. These therapies control Rosacea for prolonged periods and improve the texture of the skin.
Myth #5: Rosacea ultimately results in Rhinophyma
Fact: Rhinophyma is a condition described by a red and bulbous nose. While some people diagnosed with Rosacea develop Rhinophyma, studies show that this number is approximately 21% in men and 8% in women; probably because men, unlike women, tend to ignore their skin problems. Research also shows that this condition can be avoided if Rosacea is treated in time.
Though people try self treatment with over the counter drugs, these drugs may not be of much help and could end up making your Rosacea worse by irritating the skin even further. In order to get the right results, visit your dermatologist and get the right treatment!
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