April is Rosacea Awareness Month

Did you know Rosacea affects some 14 million people worldwide

04 April 2022

Sophisticated new therapies designed to target rosacea's disease processes combined with treatment plans tailored to patients’ specific cases have made it easier than ever for sufferers to achieve clear skin. The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has designated April as Rosacea Awareness Month to educate the public on the treatments available for this potentially serious disorder.


Recognising the symptoms of rosacea

At first, most people with rosacea blame any redness on sunburn, heat, acne, or allergies until they note the presence of burning combined with pimples and seek medical attention.

How will you know if you have rosacea or just acne? Well, rosacea has some distinctive symptoms and here are the key symptoms:

-Redness in the face, especially on the high inner cheeks (close to the nose), on the nose, and sometimes on the chin and forehead

-Stinging and burning in the skin

-Flushing and blushing often

-Parts of the skin that seem “thickened” –especially around the nose or chin

-Skin that seems to have a rough or bumpy texture with very large pores

-Painful, swollen skin

-Spider veins and broken capillaries in the face

-Blood vessels that seem to sit close to the surface of the skin

-Raised patches on the skin—these often look like hives at first—they’re called plaques


Moreover, optimal therapy may also keep the disease from progressing further over the long term. Though more studies are needed, some medications appeared to improve baseline redness over time, and may possibly help inhibit progression as well as help maintain remission.

The best results are achieved when patients and their doctors work together to identify appropriate therapy and monitor its progress. In initially designing a treatment plan, we recommended taking a comprehensive history of the patient’s involvement with rosacea, including its signs and symptoms over time, as well as its social, emotional and psychological effects. We also offer advice on trigger factors, as well as information on skin care and sun protection.


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