Dr. Reuel Aspacio, Board Certified Dermatologist and Medical Director of Summerlin Dermatology, is bringing you a series of articles dealing with Rosacea; a skin condition that not only affects millions of Americans, but is widespread in Southern Nevada due to many circumstances beyond our control.
We start the series with: Beginning at the beginning – Signs & Symptoms – Triggers
Beginning at the beginning:
Rosacea, a common but misunderstood skin disorder that causes facial redness, dilated blood vessels and inflamed appearing skin, is estimated to affect well over 16 million Americans. While rosacea is becoming progressively more widespread, as Baby Boomers enter the most susceptible ages, most sufferers are unaware they have the condition.
Because of its red-faced, acne-like effects on personal appearance, it can cause significant psychological, social and occupational problems if left untreated. In surveys by the National Rosacea Society, more than 76% of rosacea patients said their condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41% reported that it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements. Among rosacea patients with severe symptoms, 88% said the disorder had adversely affected their professional interactions and 51% said they had even missed work because of their condition.
While the cause of rosacea is unknown, and it cannot be cured, medical help is now available that can control the signs and symptoms of this potentially life-disruptive disorder. Everything has a starting point; any one of the following warning signs is a signal to see an experienced dermatologist for diagnosis and appropriate treatment, before the signs and symptoms become increasingly severe.
Signs & Symptoms include:
Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead
Small visible blood vessels on the face
Bumps or pimples on the face
Watery or irritated eyes
Tendency to flush or blush easily
Rosacea usually appears in phases:
Rosacea may begin as a simple tendency to flush or blush easily and then progress to a persistent redness in the central portion of your face, particularly your nose. This redness results from the dilation of blood vessels close to your skin’s surface.
As signs and symptoms worsen, vascular rosacea may develop — small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks swell and become visible. Your skin may become overly sensitive and may be accompanied by oily skin and dandruff.
Small, red bumps or pustules may appear and persist, spreading across your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.
A number of factors, known as triggers, can aggravate rosacea or make it worse by increasing blood flow to the surface of your skin.
Some of these triggers include:
Emotional stress, anger or embarrassment
Certain skin-care products
Everything has a starting point! An appointment with an experienced dermatologist to diagnose your condition will get you on the correct path to appropriate treatment, before the signs and symptoms become increasingly severe because . . . Beautiful skin is within reach!