5 Things you may not know about rosacea

With 2 million Canadians affected by rosacea, a skin condition causing a red face, experts with the not for profit Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada would like to help by sharing 5 Things you may not know about rosacea.

5 Things you may not know about rosacea:

1.      Rosacea often affects the eyes. Although mainly known as a skin condition, up to half of rosacea sufferers also experience eye involvement known as ocular rosacea. Ocular rosacea can cause red, irritated, watery eyes, red eyelids, frequent styes and an irritated, dry or gritty sensation. Conjunctivitis or more serious eye conditions can develop in some cases.

Rosacea, Before and After treatment. Image courtesy Dr. Jason Rivers

2.      Rosacea can be successfully controlled. While there is no cure, there are many new and existing medical options available that can bring significant improvement to rosacea symptoms such as facial redness, skin sensitivity, pimples, pustules, visible blood vessels and flushing. In the past 3 years, Health Canada has approved 3 new rosacea treatments that add to therapy choices.

Rosacea with facial redness and pimples

3.      Rosacea is often mistaken for adult acne. There is a type of rosacea with acne-like pimples and pustules. Problems may occur when harsh, over-the-counter acne treatments are used as these will likely worsen rosacea symptoms. A correct diagnosis is needed. Consider seeking the expert care of a dermatologist.

4.      Rosacea sufferers have a 5 times higher risk for depression. Rosacea is more than skin deep. It can cause significant emotional effects such as anxiety and depression. A feeling of being stigmatized, branded or shamed by others for having a red face makes this situation worse. Some 75% of rosacea patients report low self-esteem.

5.      Self-care measures can play a vital role in keeping rosacea under control. Watching your diet, avoiding everyday rosacea triggers and gentle skin care can limit outbreaks and play an important role in keeping rosacea under control.

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