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Managing Rosacea

April 09, 2013

Rosacea is a skin disorder that can really affect a person’s appearance. Those who have rosacea often will try numerous treatments in hopes of finding something that will bring their skin disease under control. Are you in this predicament?

Who is usually affected by rosacea?

“Rosacea is a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder primarily of the facial skin, often characterized by flare ups and remissions.” Rosacea normally shows up in individuals who are 30 and over. This skin disorder most commonly affects the forehead, nose, chin and cheeks. In severe cases, rosacea will appear on the neck, chest, ears and scalp.

What are the symptoms?

Rosacea is characterized by the following symptoms:

– Flushed skin
– Visible blood vessels
– Puss-filled pimples
– “Redness of skin that does not fade”

Rosacea has a tendency to affect those who have fair skin, which causes the redness to be all the more obvious. Thankfully, rosacea is a treatable skin disorder.

Rosacea is treatable.

As is the case with most skin disorders/diseases, rosacea can usually be managed with treatment. There are several different treatments that may help control rosacea. Topical treatments (lotions, ointments, etc.) and certain medications are typical choices for treating rosacea. It is best to ask a dermatologist for help in finding the best treatments for this condition.

What causes rosacea to flare up?

Rosacea is a skin disorder that sometimes flares up (or gets triggered). The following factors often act as rosacea triggers:

– Stress
– Exposure to the sun
– “Heavy exercise”
– Hot weather
– Wind
– Consumption of alcohol
– Taking baths in hot water
– Hot beverages
– Dairy
– “Marinated meats”
– Specific fruits and vegetables
– Humidity

These are not the only factors than can cause rosacea to flare up. Read about other “triggers” for rosacea at

Don’t hesitate to visit a dermatologist.

If you have rosacea, The NBA understands the toll it has likely taken on your life and self-esteem. We encourage you to see a dermatologist to discuss your options for managing rosacea. Remember, your skin is important, and so are your feelings about yourself. Do all you can to pursue healthy skin!

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