Most people treat facial rosacea as if it is just a skin problem. If you experience this condition, you’ll know that it can affect you on a much deeper level, and leave emotional scars as well. But did you know that rosacea can be an early warning of other, more serious conditions?
Read on for four reasons to start taking your rosacea seriously.
1. Facial Rosacea Can Leave a Lasting Emotional Scar
Walking around with a chronically red face isn’t fun. In fact, for people who suffer from serious facial rosacea, it can have some serious consequences. Feeling unattractive, embarrassed and not confident in social situations are some of the psychological consequences. Some may even experience depression.
If you feel like this, you’re not alone. According to a survey carried out by the National Rosacea Society, (https://www.rosacea.org/rr/2007/spring/article_3.php), people who suffer from rosacea often experience negative emotional well-being that is in proportion to the physical effects. 76 per cent of the survey’s respondents reported that ‘rosacea’s effect on their personal appearance had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, and nearly half said it diminished their outlook on life.’ This goes up to 94 per cent for those who described their condition as severe.
2. Facial Rosacea is More than Just a Skin Problem
Aside from the emotional scars associated with rosacea, there is increasing evidence that those who suffer from rosacea are under increased risk of serious illness. Dr Richard Odom, Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California warns that those suffering from rosacea could be more at risk of cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disease, certain types of cancer and other systemic illnesses shown in research to be associated with rosacea. (http://www.rosacea.org/press/rosacea-awareness-month-focus-news-increased-health-risks)
3. Rosacea Can Cause Eye Problems
Do your eyes often appear red, bloodshot or watery? Or do you sometimes feel your eyes are burning, stinging, itchy, or that there is something in them? Ocular Rosacea (rosacea around the eyes) affects nearly 58% of people who suffer from facial rosacea, and while it might start out as a mild irritation, it can actually have a damaging effect on your sight. If it becomes severe enough to damage the cornea, you may actually lose your sight. Inflammation of the eyelids, sensitivity to light, and styes are also common.
4. We Still Don’t Know What Causes It
Doctors are still not sure what causes rosacea. However, dermatologists from around the world are investigating the theory that there is a direct link between rosacea and skin mites. Dr. Frank C. Powell, consulting dermatologist at Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, has noticed a link between areas of the face where rosacea is most common (cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin), and the presence of mites on the skin.
More about Rosacea
Rosacea is a chronic and often complex disorder of the facial skin that affects millions and is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. Many have observed that it typically begins any time after age 30 as a redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. In some cases, rosacea may also occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Over time, the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear.
No one has convincing evidence of the cause for Rosacea. There is much research being done in this area. At this stage there is no cause, however, many theories exist from nervous system and blood vessel changes with UV exposure to the presence of microbes and Demodex mites on the skin. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that a susceptibility to developing the disorder may be inherited, and genetic studies are now under way.
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Rosacea, as a spectrum of disease may vary a lot from patient to patient and therefore we believe treatment plans need to be tailored to each individual patient.