Rosacea affects over 400 million people worldwide. And while it isn’t curable, it is treatable. Here’s what you need to know about it, and how to find relief.
Ever find yourself feeling flushed or experience lingering redness on your face, neck and chest? You might have rosacea – a condition that often goes undiagnosed. According to the National Rosacea Society (NRS) , an estimated 16 million Americans have this common skin condition and around 415 million people globally. While there are young people with rosacea, it is most common in those over the age of 35. There are even a handful of celebrities, ranging from Prince William, Bill Clinton and Cameron Diaz, who struggle with it. And while it isn’t by any means life-threatening, it can be uncomfortable both physically and emotionally.
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A study by the NRS revealed that 90% of people who suffer from rosacea feel it affects their confidence and self-esteem. 41% said they even went as far as to isolate themselves because they are self-conscious.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is an inflammatory disorder that can cause the skin to become redder or darker. These flare-ups are usually a result of exposure to triggers, which are specific to each individual. Some common ones include sunlight, wind, exercise, stress, and even spicy food! This condition is more prevalent in those with fair skin, but people with darker skin tones can be affected, too.
While avoiding triggers can help to keep flare-ups at bay, this isn’t always possible. There are ways, however, to bring about relief, in both the short- and the long-term.
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Soothe your skin
Looking for ways to prevent or treat rosacea flare-ups? Here are four tips to keep your skin redness-free and radiant.
- Protect your skin from the elements. Rosacea is not only easily triggered by sun exposure but also by cold and windy weather. Apply (and regularly reapply) SPF daily, regardless of the season. In winter, protect your skin by wearing a scarf.
- Get your vices in check. Several studies conducted over the years have indicated a link between both alcohol and smoking and rosacea. No better time to quit like the present, and your skin and body will thank you for it with overall better health.
- Learn to manage your stress effectively. Stress is a big trigger for many rosacea sufferers. This is just one of the *many* reasons to learn how to manage and minimize it. Engage in a calming activity you enjoy regularly to keep yourself in balance.
- Simplify your skincare routine. When it comes to rosacea-prone skin, less should be more when it comes to your skincare regimen. Keeping your skin barrier in good shape is also crucial. Look for mild formulations and avoid harsh scrubs and other potentially triggering ingredients, such as alcohol and camphor.
You can make an appointment for any of the following forms of treatment for rosacea: