When you hear the term "rosy cheeks," you are bound to think of young cheeks flushed from a day out in the snow or blush palettes being sold at the makeup counter. While a subtle and sweet blush is considered very attractive, it isn't always a good thing. Rosacea is a common skin disorder affecting nearly 16 million Americans yet three out of four Americans have never heard of it.
Rosacea is not contagious and usually doesn't appear before the age of 30. It can be more common in people who already blush or flush easily. Indeed, people tend to not recognize rosacea because they think that they are simply flushing more easily or that they are having breakouts of acne which affects 85% of people at some point in their lives.
Symptoms typically begin as redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead sometimes affecting the neck, scalp, chest, or ears. It can come and go, but, after a while, the redness tends to deepen and last for much longer. If left untreated, blood vessels appear in the skin and bumps and pimples may develop. One tell-tale symptom of rosacea is that the nose may become large and bumpy as skin continually builds up.
While there is no direct cure for rosacea, there are some great options for treatment. It all comes down to essential lifestyle changes. For instance:
By staying out of the sun, you can avoid exacerbating rosacea symptoms. Make sure to cover your face and apply ample sunscreen before you go outside, but be careful of your sensitive skin and get a good quality sunblock.
Stress is one of the biggest contributors to the worsening of rosacea, as flushing tends to increase when you are under stress. Try to take deep breaths when you are feeling anxious, and learn other relaxation techniques.
Rosacea treatment can be easy, as long as you make it a part of your lifestyle and are determined to get rid of those rosy cheeks.
The most effective treatments for rosacea usually are prescription so a visit to the doctor's office may be in order. There are certain oral antibiotics (such as tetracycline or minocycline) that are often quite helpful. There are also prescription topical gels and creams such as metronidazole and Finacea. But sometimes these treatments just aren't enough.
Laser treatments are often very beneficial for patients with extreme or stubborn redness as well as the associated broken vessels that occur around the nose and cheeks with this condition. Control of the rosacea is very important for prevention of these conditions but long-term treatment is often recommended for the best results.