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April is Rosacea Awareness Month
The Esthetician SaysRosacea (pronounced roh-ZAY-sha) is a common disorder of the facial skin that affects nearly 14 million Americans and most of them do not know it. Signs of rosacea may include: redness on the cheeks, chin, forehead and nose that appears to be like a sunburn or blush that does not go away, small visible blood vessels on the face (telangiectasia), bumps or pimples on the face, dryness, edema, or watery/irritated eyes.

While rosacea is becoming more prevalent as the baby boom generation ages, (most people see signs of rosacea after the age of 30), many people — 78% according to a recent Gallup survey — don′t know how to recognize the condition or how to treat it. Fair skinned people that blush or get flushed easily are more prone to getting this disorder, and it is most often diagnosed in women, although men seem to have more severe symptoms. Rosacea is not contagious, however, it has been known to be hereditary. Four subtypes have been identified:

Subtype 1 (erythematotelangiectatic rosacea), characterized by flushing and persistent redness, and may also include visible blood vessels.

Subtype 2 (papulopustular rosacea), characterized by persistent redness with transient bumps and pimples, possible shallow scars, and larger pores.

Subtype 3 (phymatous/rhinophyma rosacea), characterized by skin thickening "orange peel", often resulting in an enlargement of the nose from excess tissue.

Subtype 4 (ocular rosacea), characterized by ocular manifestations such as dry eye, tearing and burning, swollen eyelids, recurrent sties and potential vision loss from corneal damage.

No underlying cause has been scientifically proven, but speculated causes include the demodex mite, vascular disorders, gastrointestinal disease (ulcers), sun damage and/or cumulative sun. There is no cure, but there are ways to control the signs and symptoms.

Treatments may include oral/topical medications and gentle skin care routines including non-irritating skin care products such as ATOPALM MLE Cream, or Decleor Keep Comfort Calming Nourishing Cream. Using yellow or green tinted makeup such as Colorescience Line Tamer will help conceal the redness. Always wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher will protect the skin. Good choices include MD Skincare Powerful Sun Protection SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion, or Juice Beauty SPF 30 Mineral Sheer Moisturizer.

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