Rosacea affects well over 16 million Americans today, yet this skin condition is often overlooked and misunderstood. The National Rosacea Society (NRS) hopes to change that by spreading public education and awareness of this disease every April and beyond. Their main goal is to encourage people who may be suffering from this condition to seek medical attention. The truth is, many don’t even know they have the disease.
Rosacea is defined by the NRS as “a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder primarily of the facial skin, often characterized by flare-ups and remissions.” It most frequently occurs after the age of 30 and in women with fair skin, but is also seen in men. Some of the symptoms include:
- • Persistent redness on cheeks, nose, chin or forehead
- • Small blood vessels visible on the face
- • Bumps or pimples
- • Watery, irritated eyes
Currently, there is no known cure for rosacea, but there is medical help available to control the signs and symptoms. If you have noticed any combination of the symptoms above, visit your dermatologist to get the proper treatment before it becomes severe.
Another goal of Rosacea Awareness Month is to bring light to the emotional effect rosacea can have on those affected. This is often overlooked, as we tend to focus on physical symptoms and concerns. However, in surveys done by the NRS, over 90% of rosacea patients said their condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem. 40% reported that it caused them to avoid social contact, and 50% percent said they even missed work due to their condition.
Although the cause of rosacea is unknown, ongoing research has suggested that rosacea may be caused by various possible factors, including defects of the immune system, nervous system, facial blood vessels and genetics, as well as the presence of microbes. They are making strides each year and hope to one day have more answers for those affected.
If you have been affected by Rosacea, or know someone who has, there are ways you can get involved this month. Click the photo below to learn more.