Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that mainly affects fair complexions. This is the reason why you'll often hear rosacea referred to as the 'curse of the Celts', with around 33% of sufferers having Irish heritage.
If you live with rosacea, you're not alone. Within fair-skinned populations, around 5% of people suffer with rosacea. Thousands of Australians are actively managing this skin condition, with more and more people diagnosed every year.
The most visible symptom of rosacea is prolonged facial redness. As a tribute to this symptom, the condition's name is derived from a Latin word meaning 'made of roses'. Whilst facial redness makes for a swift diagnosis of rosacea, this colouration is a just a symptom with an underlying cause.
The facial redness experienced by rosacea sufferers is directly linked to the inflammation caused by the condition. Have you noticed how a bruise, lesion, or spot becomes inflamed and red? Inflammation is the body's natural, healthy healing response. However, inflammation can become a problem when it persists.
Although redness is the obvious sign of rosacea, the condition is usually accompanied by several other symptoms, which can often be uncomfortable or even painful. These range from facial dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis) to irritation and reddening of the eyes to dryness, tightness, burning, and stinging.
Do you believe you've recently developed rosacea? The condition most commonly develops in fair-skinned women between the ages of 30 and 60. If you fit within this group and suspect you've developed rosacea, you'll benefit greatly from reading this guide.
There are four subtypes of rosacea, which may manifest as facial redness or other uncommonly known symptoms. That means you may still suffer from the condition even if you don't exhibit the classic symptoms. It's important to know which form of rosacea you have to develop an effective treatment plan.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition, which means there's currently no known cure. However, by reading the Ultimate Guide to Rosacea, you'll learn how to tame rosacea through a variety of lifestyle factors.
Rosacea is often triggered by external stressors. Effective management of stressors will curb your rosacea flare-ups. Through trial and error with diet, skincare, and other lifestyle changes, you could effectively push your rosacea into dormancy.