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What is rosacea?

Rosacea, a skin condition, usually affects the face. People with rosacea have redness on their face, and if it’s left untreated, red bumps and pimples can develop on the skin. They have redness that doesn’t seem to go away or they frequently have flushed or blushing on their nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. This skin condition is typically seen in men and women after age 30, but women usually are seen with it more than men. Those with fair skin like northern or eastern European people are prone to developing rosacea.

What are other symptoms of rosacea?

  • Visible enlarged blood vessels on the skin
  • Dry skin
  • Feelings of burning, itching or stinging
  • Irritated red eyes

Why do people find it problematic to have?

Rosacea is a very common condition—about 14 million Americans and over 2 million Canadians have it. Some famous faces such as Prince William, Renee Zellweger and Cynthia Nixon all struggle with rosacea. Since rosacea mainly affects the face, people with rosacea feel self-conscious because the redness or bumps is difficult to hide. It could be so bad for some people that they feel rosacea negatively affects their social and professional lives.

What causes it?

Instances of blushing and flushing on the face are thought to be caused by environmental and dietary factors. If someone moves in and out from extreme differing temperatures (a warm office to icy cold park in the winter), this could trigger rosacea flare-ups.

The National Rosacea Society conducted a survey of 1,066 rosacea patients. The results show that the majority of those surveyed said environmental factors like sun exposure and hot weather triggered their rosacea. Other factors that made the list were emotional stress, alcohol consumption, spicy food and certain skincare products.

It hasn’t been scientifically confirmed yet, but there is some evidence that suggests rosacea is hereditary. The National Rosacea Society reports that about 40 per cent of survey participants know of a relative who experienced similar symptoms.

How to treat it?

Since the symptoms of rosacea differs from one person to another, a physician should tailor specific treatments for each patient. Someone could be bothered with their persistent blushing and flushing while another person experiences bumps or eye rosacea. Patients could be recommended to take antibiotics or steroid creams to improve rosacea symptoms.

Laser treatments such as FotoFacials and IPL photorejuvenation can be performed to reduce the looks of extensive redness or visible blood vessels. Physicians use specific light energy devices to target any redness or broken capillaries on the face. At SpaMedica, two or three different types of lasers and IPL devices are used during your treatments to enhance the overall results. Between four to eight treatments are recommended. 

While there is no cure for rosacea, there are many treatment options or lifestyle changes to manage rosacea symptoms.

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