Rosacea is a chronic microcirculation disorder that can be quite troubling for the sufferer. Rosacea is a condition you will most likely have to continue to treat, as it can flare or relapse, is progressive and may eventually lead to permanent skin damage if not addressed.
Who Gets Rosacea and When?
Rosacea affects 45 million people worldwide and up to 16 million Americans, including the following celebrities: Bill Clinton, Cameron Diaz, Cynthia Nixon, Renée Zellweger, Rosie O’Donnell and Bruce from Swamp People.
Caucasians, or descendants of north Western Europe (Celtic descent), are genetically predisposed to this skin condition. In general, fair-skinned individuals are more likely to get rosacea than people with darker complexions. If your skin sunburns easily or you have a family member with rosacea, it is likely that you will develop it too.
“The word Rosacea is from the Latin word “rosaceus” meaning, “pink like,” as the symptoms of rosacea begin with flushing and blushing….”
Symptoms may occur during teen years, but most people experience the onset of rosacea in their 30s, 40s and 50s. It affects both men and women—it is about three times more frequent in women, while men may experience more extreme symptoms. In women, rosacea is usually seen on the cheeks and chin, while men generally exhibit swelling of the nose. It can also affect the chest, ears, neck and scalp.
Rosacea Symptoms and Grades
As rosacea progresses, persistent redness, red patches, visible blood vessels (dilated capillaries), skin heat and red pimple-like bumps (papules and pustules) occur. It is usually seen in the center of the face, t-zone (nose, forehead, chin) and cheeks. Skin affected is generally hypersensitive with sensations of itching, burning, stinging, sensitivity and tightness. Skin can feel warm or hot to the touch, which increases when its flushed or blushed. Red eyes, skin thickening, swelling and nose enlargement from excess tissue are also symptoms. Rosacea is classified into rosacea subtypes and Grades 1-4.
While rosacea can’t be cured, flare-ups can be controlled by avoiding sun exposure, extreme heat and cold, as well as dietary triggers. Using the right skincare products, managing stress, getting plenty of sleep, seeing an esthetician, doctor or dermatologist for medications and treatments, plus consuming foods and beverages that are alkaline, anti-inflammatory and contain fiber also help combat rosacea. Once under control, rosacea is considered to be in remission.
Recommended Pevonia® products for rosacea homecare include the RS2 Gentle Cleanser, RS2 Gentle Lotion, RS2 Concentrate and RS2 Care Cream. For quicker relief, schedule the RS2 Facial Treatment with a Pevonia provider near you.