Does your skin inexplicably flush a bright red or purple for no reason – especially when it is touched? When you look closely, are there bright red blood vessels all over your nose? Or are there a permanent bunch of pimples all around your nose or your cheeks?
Well then, you could be one of America’s 5% who suffer from an unfortunate cosmetic disorder called rosacea. In fact, there’s even a National Rosacea Society for sufferers. The first thing you have to know about treating rosacea is that it isn’t a do-it-yourself thing.
Of course, taking the trouble to make an appointment with the dermatologist and waiting weeks for your turn to come up can be a lot of trouble. Before you actually take the trouble to go around treating rosacea at a doctor’s clinic though, you should probably really make sure that your problem is stubborn enough to warrant such a visit.
In most cases, rosacea doesn’t come up in people who are anything but very light-skinned. And even there, Irish people seem far more susceptible. If you aren’t any of these things, it’s possible that the problem you’re experiencing is something other than rosacea.
For it to be rosacea, a breakout has to have all of the rosacea symptoms – red or purple pimples with pus inside, flushing all around your nasal area, and of course you need to see actual dilated blood vessels all over your nose. And oh, if the pimples appear to have blackheads or whiteheads, then it’s not rosacea at all.
No one really knows what exactly causes this skin disorder; mostly, it’s inherited. But doctors do know that in many people, their problem remains dormant until certain things happen – extreme heat or cold for instance, or stress or even certain skincare products, are known to cause a flareup.
If you’re one of these people, you don’t really have to take the trouble treating rosacea with medication. You can just avoid the kind of things that trigger an attack.
All right, let’s come around to how treating rosacea goes. The first thing you have to understand is that over-the-counter treatments don’t work, generally. They contain a few natural anti-inflammatory substances, but that’s about it. For real rosacea, you need to quickly treat it or prepare for it to get worse.