You’re Not Blushing. It’s Rosacea
April is designated as Rosacea Awareness Month to educate the public on this often life-disruptive condition affecting mainly fair-skinned women above 30 years of age — most of whom don’t even know they have it!
Rosacea can affect quality of life and many people have reported problems at work, in their marriage and with meeting new people.
- Feelings of frustration and embarrassment: In surveys conducted by the National Rosacea Society, 41 percent said their rosacea caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements.
- Low self-esteem: Surveys conducted by the National Rosacea Society found that almost 70 percent of people living with rosacea said that the condition lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Work-related problems: Surveys conducted by the National Rosacea Society find that when rosacea is severe, 70 percent of people say the disease affects their interactions at work. Nearly 30 percent say that rosacea causes them to miss work.
- Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (Facial Redness): Redness, flushing, visible blood vessels.
- Papulopustular rosacea (Bumps & Pimples): Redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts.
- Phymatous rosacea (Skin Thickening): Skin thickens and has a bumpy texture.
- Ocular rosacea (Eye Irritation)): Eyes red and irritated, eyelids can be swollen, and person may have what looks like a sty.
1. Avoidance of triggering factors
Common triggers for rosacea include becoming overheated, having cold wind blowing on your face, and eating spicy foods and alcoholic beverages. Sun exposure is one of the most common triggers causing a flare up of rosacea. Avoidance of direct sun exposure, usage of broad-brimmed hats and umbrellas and application of sunscreens should be carried out. The sunscreens should have a high SPF (sun protective factor) of 30 and above.