Thursday, September 06, 2007

Skin Care & Rosacea

Skin Care & Rosacea
By Franchis Adam

RosaceaRosacea is a hard disease to deal with. Not only does it cause embarrassing and unsightly blemishes, but it can be painful and hard to keep under control. Unfortunately, many people with this disease don't get the proper help or use treatments that aren't effective for them, making the situation even worse. However, with the right information about exactly what this skin condition is caused by and how best to deal with it, it is possible to keep it under control and to be able to proudly show your face in public again.

First of all, it is extremely important to recognize exactly what rosacea's symptoms are. Many people aren't even aware that they are dealing with a serious condition, instead just believing that they have lousy skin or can't get rid of their adult acne. One of the most recognizable symptoms is a constant redness of the skin. This can be extremely noticeable, to the point that it looks like you have just overexerted yourself or have severe sunburn. Acne is also a key symptom. While it is normal for teens to get acne, many adults who are having problems with severe acne are actually suffering from rosacea. Along with acne, you may notice seborrheic dermatitis, bumps, and many noticeable blood vessels. For some people, the nose may also swell due to extra tissue in the area. Eye pain and blurry vision may also be problems because this condition sometimes affects the eyes as well as the face.

Like many conditions, rosacea is especially common in women. This is especially true during the time a woman is undergoing menopause, thanks to changing hormones and body chemistry. Caucasian women are more likely to get this condition than other races, and fair skinned Caucasians are the most likely sufferers. Most people start noticing symptoms between the ages of 30 and 60, though it is possible to have problems earlier or later in life. Though scientists aren't exactly sure about what causes this condition, it is currently believed to be partly inherited and partly due to environmental factors.

The unfortunate news is that there is no one cure-all for all cases of rosacea. However, between medical therapies, prescription drugs, and over the counter treatments, it is possible to find relief from the condition. The best thing is to start treatment as soon as possible because it seems that earlier treatment has better results. Even if you want to try natural treatments, it is probably a good idea to see a doctor so that you can consult with an expert who can help you figure out the best course of therapy.

The doctor can help you obtain treatments such as steroids, laser therapy, antibiotics, and skin creams, that may help relieve your condition. However, many of these treatments can be pretty hard on your skin and some can make the condition worse. Trial and error for your specific needs as well as the expertise of your doctor will help find the right combination for you. If you prefer to avoid conventional treatments, there are many creams and other products with natural ingredients that are worth trying.

Though the battle against rosacea is not easy, it is definitely worth fighting. Expect to spend a bit of time trying different treatments, but you are likely to find something that relieves the problem immensely.

About the Author
Article by Franchis Adam. For more skin care information and make up advice visit The Make Up Blog.

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