It is estimated that approximately sixteen million people in the United States alone suffer from Rosacea (roz-ay-sha). Rosacea is a common skin condition which includes symptoms of red skin patches, red bumps, small broken blood vessels in the skin, and often effects areas around the eyes. Rosacea pictures are readily available for a view of the disease.

The most common symptoms are facial flushing, facial redness, small broken blood vessels, red bumps, pustules, pimples, and facial swelling. Rhinophyma, the swelling of the nose, sometimes called bulbous nose, is also a form of Rosacea. Pictures of Rosacea and Rhinophyma show many of these symptoms.

Rosacea is most often found on Caucasians with fair skin. Many are not even aware that they have Rosacea, but attribute it to heat, weather, wind burn, or acne. Rosacea is a treatable ailment, but because many are unaware of their condition, they do not seek treatment. Before and after Rosacea pictures have shown remarkable success in the results of treatment.

Rosacea is a progressive, chronic, incurable disorder. While symptoms can be treated so that a normal lifestyle can be maintained, most patients never fully recover from the disease. Rosacea is not acne, and must be treated differently than acne. In fact, some acne medicines will actually exacerbate Rosacea. While Rosacea symptoms may include acne like pimples, it is a different disorder. Only a diagnoses by a dermatologist can fully ascertain if a person has Rosacea.

The exact cause of Rosacea is unknown, but usually effects people between 30 to 60 years of age. Cheek and Chin Rosacea occurs more often in women, while nose Rosacea is more common in men. Rosacea in men also tends to be more severe.

The type of treatment used will depend on the severity and type of Rosacea involved. The pimples, pustules and red bumps are easiest to treat. Red skin and broken blood vessels are harder to treat. You doctor will know how to treat your specific need when he examines your skin. Pictures of Rosacea treatments may be taken to observe treatment success.

Oral doses of antibiotic pills is the most common way to treat Rosacea. This will be followed by an antibiotic cream or gel applied directly to the infected area. The treatment may take several months before results are seen. Once your skin improves, and the symptoms have either disappeared or have dramatically lessened, your doctor may cut the oral dosage of the antibiotic pills down, or take you off them altogether.

Every case is different, and different people respond to antibiotics differently. Therefore your doctor may adjust your treatment based on your individual needs. It is likely that pictures will be taken of your skin to determine the success of the rosacea treatment. Rhinophyma (bulbous nose) can be treated surgically by removing enlarged blood vessels in the nose with either laser surgery, or by using an electric needle.

Sun exposure, hot drinks, and alcohol seem to make the symptoms of Rosacea worse. Stress or severe exercising can also increase the likelihood of problems. Make note of those things that worsen your symptoms and avoid them. Be gentle when washing your face, and use mild, unscented soap. Moisturizers may also be used for comforting the pain and irritation. And, always protect yourself when outdoors with a good sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater. 

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