It is now estimated that over 16 million Americans have this skin condition, which has no cure. A survey from the National Rosacea Society (NRS) found that the overwhelming majority of patients, approximately 95%, knew little or nothing about the condition prior to their diagnosis.
Rosacea is believed to be hereditary, but environmental factors, including sun, stress, alcohol and weather conditions, have their impact and may trigger the condition. While anyone may develop Rosacea, people with fair skin, often of Northern European descent, who tend to flush easily are most at risk. It is more frequently diagnosed in women, however men tend to have the worst symptoms. The condition usually begins with a flush and then slowly spreads beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin. Even the ears, chest and back might be touched by Rosacea and begin to take on the red, ruddy appearance.
Rosacea is a long term skin condition characterized by facial redness, small and superficial dilated blood vessels on facial skin, papules, pustules, and swelling. Over time time, people who have Rosacea often see permanent redness in the center of their face.
Rosacea affects people of all ages, and has four subtypes:
- Erythematotelangiectatic: Redness, flushing, visible blood vessels.
- Papulopustular: Redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts.
- Phymatous: Skin thickens and has a bumpy texture.
- Ocular: Eyes red and irritated, eyelids can be swollen, and person may have what looks like a sty.
Many patients will experience symptoms of more than one category at the same time. Whether or not Rosacea evolves into a new category, each individual symptom can gradually worsen from mild to moderate to severe. The pathophysiology of rosacea is poorly understood. Molecular studies suggest that an altered innate immune response is involved in the pathogenesis of the Rosacea disease.
Living with Rosacea can cause psychological, social, and even economic problems as this condition alters a person’s appearance. More than 90% of patients reported that the condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem. Nearly 9 out of 10 said their symptoms had done harm to their professional lives.
Early diagnosis is important for treating Rosacea. Daily use of a chemical free sunscreen and keeping the skin cool can help prevent flare-ups. Avoid facial products that contain alcohol or other harsh skin irritants. If those with Rosacea are careful to keep notes on their condition, they may be able to learn their own trigger. Avoiding these triggers and following a Rosacea skin-care plan designed with their health care or skin care provider can certainly help the appearance and number of flare-ups.
NeoGenesis for Rosacea
NeoGenesis Recovery, abundant in S²RM®, as well as Skin Serum, naturally delivers the nutrients needed by healthy skin to act normally. Those with Rosacea should use new products carefully, monitoring their response as new products can be a trigger. Using Recovery or Skin Serum, as recommended by a skin care professional, on gently cleansed skin daily and following with Intensive Moisturizer can provide the necessary emollients and molecules to enable the skin to become less red and irritated, and help diminish the buildup of thick skin.
A starting home care protocol for those with Rosacea may be using NeoGenesis Cleanser, followed by Skin Serum and Intensive Moisturizer, morning and evening. Recovery may be applied in the evening, 3 or 4 times per week after cleansing, followed by Intensive Moisturizer.