Rosacea is a very common red, acne-like benign skin condition that affects many people worldwide. As of 2010, rosacea is estimated to affect at least 16 million people in the United States alone and approximately 45 million worldwide. Most people with rosacea are Caucasian and have fair skin. The main symptoms of rosacea include red or pink patches, visible tiny broken blood vessels, small red bumps, sometimes containing pus, red cysts, and pink or irritated eyes. Most people with the disease may not even know they have rosacea or that it is a diagnosable and treatable condition. Many people who have rosacea may just assume they blush or flush easily or are just very sun sensitive.
Rosacea is considered a chronic or (long-term), noncurable skin condition with keeps increasing or decreasing with time. As traditional or teenage acne, most adult patients do not "outgrow" rosacea. Rosacea It mainly involves the central region of the face, causing persistent redness or transient flushing over the areas of the face and nose that are veryt obvious mainly the forehead, the chin, and the lower half of the nose(The T-zone of the face). It is most commonly seen in people with light skin and particularly in those of English, Irish, and Scottish backgrounds. Some famous people with rosacea include the former U.S. President Bill Clinton and W.C. Fields. Rosacea is not directly related to alcohol intake.
Rosacea is not considered infectious or contagious. There is no evidence that rosacea can be spread by contact with the skin, sharing towels, or through inhalation.
The redness in rosacea, often aggravated by flushing, may cause small blood vessels in the face to enlarge (dilate) and become more visible through the skin, appearing like tiny red lines (called telangiectasias). Continual or repeated episodes of flushing and blushing may promote inflammation, causing small red bumps that often resemble teenage acne. In fact, rosacea can frequently be mistaken for common acne. Rosacea is also referred to as acne rosacea
Redness and flushing, which are the most prominent and common features of rosacea, are best treated with lasers. This technology is also highly effective in treating the red lines that appear when the tiny blood vessels under the skin become enlarged.
Although most patients see a significant improvement in their symptoms following one laser session, several sessions are usually needed to complete the treatment. If you then make the effort to avoid rosacea-aggravating sun exposure (by wearing a strong sunscreen daily), visible blood vessels may not return for years.
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