Top 10 Rosacea Myths Debunked
ROSACEA: FACT VS. FICTION
Even though an estimated 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea — the skin condition that causes a redness or flushed appearance to the skin — a mountain of misinformation still exists about what it is and what can be done about it. To help you separate fact from fiction where rosacea is concerned, we’re debunking ten of the most popular myths.
Myth #1: Rosacea is just red skin
Some people, typically those with a fair complexion, have a tendency to flush or blush more often than those with darker skin, but that doesn’t necessarily constitute rosacea. Rosacea is typically a combination of symptoms, including diffuse redness over the nose and cheeks, skin blemishes, visible blood vessels and enlargement of the nose and even ocular rosacea (of the eyes).
Myth #2: Rosacea is a form of acne
Though it might appear to be so in some cases, rosacea is not acne. Acne-like pimples can be a symptom of rosacea, but acne and rosacea are generally different conditions and need to be treated as such.
Myth #: Topical creams are the only way to treat rosacea
There are many creams and lotions touted as “cures” for rosacea, but when it comes to the most effective option, lasers are the treatment of choice for facial blushing and flushing. The irregular veins, which are a hallmark of rosacea, need to be treated in order for you to really see a difference, and lasers are ideal for this. Prescription topicals are usually a component of managing rosacea, but not necessarily the only option.
Myth #4: Rosacea will come back right away even if you treat it
While there is no known cure for rosacea, once you’ve undergone laser treatments to remove the blood vessels associated with the condition, it takes a very long time for them to come back. If you then use sunscreen every day, you might not need to have any further laser treatment for another two to eight years (or even longer).
Myth #5: There’s no need to see a professional about rosacea
It’s important to visit a skin care exert about your rosacea, preferably a dermatologist. Rosacea can be a complex skin disorder requiring significant understanding of the skin to treat effectively.
Myth #6: Rosacea only affects a handful of people
Think you’re alone in your battle against flushed, red skin? Think again. Rosacea is a common chronic skin condition which affects an estimated 16 million Americans. People who are most affected by rosacea tend to be in their 30s or 40s and are generally of lighter complexion.
Myth #7: Rosacea won’t get worse if you don’t treat it
Rosacea will generally get worse if you don’t treat it, and the earlier you can visit a skin care professional and start a treatment plan, the better your chances at managing the skin condition effectively.
Myth #8: Rosacea is caused by drinking too much
One of the more common misconceptions about rosacea is that it’s caused by excessive drinking. Although drinking alcohol can trigger the flushing associated with rosacea, many people who develop the condition are non-drinkers.
Myth #9: Rosacea is caused by eating spicy foods
Just like alcohol and hot beverages, spicy foods are often a trigger that enhances skin redness or flushing, but your penchant for hot wings, curry or jalapeno peppers was never a direct cause of your rosacea.
Myth #10: Rosacea is curable
Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea, but with the laser and light treatments available today the symptoms can be effectively treated. Avoiding triggers, such as sun exposure, alcohol, extreme heat and stress will further help keep redness at bay.
Despite the frustration caused by rosacea, getting – and keeping – the condition under control is possible and easier than you think with laser treatments. Talk to your doctor about the best treatment option for you.