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While Rosacea is a condition that can flare-up at any time throughout the year, according to a recent patient survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society (NRS), 98% of the surveyed patients reported that the fall season is the best in terms of the frequency and severity of their rosacea symptoms. As the hot summer months have a tendency to aggravate rosacea symptoms, the more than 58% of patients that reported having the most severe rosacea symptoms during the summer months are looking forward to the relief they get during the approaching cooler fall months.
Rosacea is a dermatological condition that affects the facial skin of an estimated more than 16 million people (according to the rosacea.org). This incurable condition can be so disruptive that it can have a detrimental effect on one’s self-esteem and their overall quality of life. In fact, the National Rosacea Society reports that more than 76% of rosacea patients say that their condition has lowered their self-esteem and 41% say they commonly avoid public places because of their rosacea symptoms. Rosacea is associated with symptoms that can range from mild to severe. While there aren’t currently any cures available for rosacea, there are medications and lifestyle changes that have proven to be effective in helping make rosacea more manageable. Determining what their individual triggers are can help those with rosacea to make some lifestyle changes to help make their rosacea more manageable.
Rosacea Signs and Symptoms:
-- Having bright red skin around the cheek, nose, chin, and/or forehead areas
-- Having small blood vessels that can visually be seen on the face
-- Having pumps or pimples on the face
-- Having watery and/or irritated eyes
Experts from the Mayo Clinic explain that while the exact causes for rosacea are still unknown, a combination of hereditary factors and environmental triggers could be blamed. Keeping a journal can help those with rosacea determine what their triggers are (people are affected differently by various triggers).
Some of the More Common Rosacea Triggers Include:
-- Hot foods or beverages
-- Spicy foods
-- Temperature extremes
-- Stress, anger, or embarrassment
-- Strenuous exercise
-- Hot baths or saunas
-- Corticosteroids, such as prednisone
-- Drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications
Those with rosacea should be extra diligent about wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 or higher, even when only outside for short periods of time. They should take extra good care of their skin, use the appropriate face washes (like the BP 10-1 Sulfacetamide Sodium Wash, which is specially formulated for the treatment of acne and other skin problems like rosacea), avoid products that contain skin irritants like alcohol, avoid rubbing/touching their face, and protect their face from exposure to harsh elements (like winter, direct sunlight, and harsh winds). Mountainside Medical Equipment knows how important skin care is, which is why offer a variety of great skin care products from top brand names like Neutrogena, Clearasil, Dove, Cetaphil, Aveeno, and more.