April has been designated “National Rosacea Awareness Month” by the National Rosacea Society.
Rosacea is a common long-term skin condition, primarily known by the presence of a red flush on the cheeks. It may sometimes be confused with acne, as small, red pustules may develop in some individuals. Rosacea has become known as “The Great Impostor” as these indicators could also be mistaken for allergic reactions as well as other skin disorders. Rosacea can affect all skin types, but the condition is very common among Caucasians between ages 30 and 50, and is found to be nearly 3 times more common among women. Some famous faces that have struggled with Rosacea are Bill Clinton and Princess Diana.
The cause of Rosacea is unknown, however individuals with a tendency to blush more easily than others may be likely to develop Rosacea. Triggers may also include extreme temperatures, stress, anxiety, severe sunburn, medications and certain food and drinks.
Over time, the red flush can slowly spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the scalp, forehead and chin. In some cases, the ears, chest, and back may remain red all the time. In advanced cases, Ocular Rosacea may develop, and eyes become red and irritated with swollen eyelids.
A cure has not yet been discovered for rosacea, but treatments exist that can control and improve symptoms. It is important to see your skin care professional for proper diagnosis to ensure Rosacea is being treated properly, instead of applying products or treatments that may inflame the skin even further. Contact our office today to see how Body by Leverett can help you achieve the look you desire.