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April is National Rosacea Awareness Month

April is National Rosacea Awareness Month

Rosacea may not sound like a familiar term, but its threat is all too real for many: As many as 78% of Americans have no knowledge about Rosacea, even though it affects about 16 million Americans each year.

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has announced the estimated number of Americans now suffering from rosacea has increased to 16 million, while untold millions more may be in temporary remission.

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April is designated as Rosacea Awareness Month by the NRS to alert the public to the warning signs of this red-faced, acne-like and often life-disruptive disorder, and the importance of seeking early diagnosis and treatment.

Rosacea Is A Chronic Condition

“Many people assume that rosacea is simply a sunburn or complexion problem that will eventually go away, and fail to realize they have a chronic condition that may get worse without medical treatment and lifestyle modifications,” said Dr. Jonathan Wilkin, chairman of the NRS medical advisory board.

He noted the steady growth and aging of the population during the past decade have significantly raised the incidence of this widespread but poorly understood disorder, and its effects are now in full force among the massive numbers in the baby boom generation.

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The NRS had previously estimated the number of rosacea sufferers in the United States at 14 million, and recent epidemiological studies have also found the incidence may be much higher. Despite its prevalence, however, most Americans are unaware of its signs and symptoms, and medical data suggest that only a small percentage of rosacea sufferers are being treated.

Negative Impact On Personal Appearance

“It’s especially important for people to know about rosacea, not only because of its potential for the development of other skin and serious eye effects, but its negative impact on personal appearance can be even more devastating to their emotional, social and professional lives,” Dr. Wilkin said.

In a NRS surveys of more than 1,200 rosacea patients, more than 76% said their condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41% said it caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements. Among those with severe symptoms, nearly 70% said it had adversely affected their professional lives, and nearly 30% said they even missed work because of its effect on their personal appearance.

What Is Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic condition characterized by facial erythema (redness).   Pimples are sometimes included as part of the definition. Unless it affects the eyes, it is typically a harmless cosmetic condition. Treatment in the form of topical steroids can aggravate the condition.

It primarily affects Caucasians of mainly northwestern European descent and has been nicknamed the 'curse of the Celts' by some in Britain and Ireland, but can also affect people of other ethnicities. Rosacea affects both sexes, but is almost three times more common in women. It has a peak age of onset between 30 and 60.

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Rosacea typically begins as redness on the central face across the cheeks, nose, or forehead, but can also less commonly affect the neck, chest, ears, and scalp. In some cases, additional symptoms, such as semi-permanent redness, telangiectasia (dilation of superficial blood vessels on the face), red domed papules (small bumps) and pustules, red gritty eyes, burning and stinging sensations, and in some advanced cases, a red lobulated nose (rhinophyma), may develop.

Great Skin Care Products Which Can Minimize Suffering

Although Rosacea is a skin condition that is incurable, below are some great skin care products that can help minimize the suffering.

GABRIEL COUZIAN® FACE WASH CREAM FOR SENSITIVE SKIN - Rich olive oil, washing sugar, antioxidant Vitamin E and pure water provide a gentle, effective cleansing lotion for sensitive skin and complexions damaged by dryness, age, acne or the environment.

Delicate formula removes makeup, protects the skin from dryness and aids in rebuilding compromised skin.

Zia Fresh Cleansing Gel - A non-foaming cleanser that refreshes and purifies skin with mineral-rich sea algae. Natural sugars remove excess oil, makeup and surface impurities without stripping skin's moisture content.

Fresh Cleansing Gel is mild, soap-free, and excellent for sensitive skin and also works wonderfully as a shaving gel. Also suitable for rosacea.

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JASON Fragrance Free NIGHTLY Moisturizer - Relieve dryness with this nightly treatment that includes Cucumber Extract, Shea Butter and Organic Jojoba Oil to moisturize extremely dry and sensitive skin. Skin is left balanced, hydrated and without the irritation of fragrance.

N.V. Perricone Hydrating Nutrient Mask - This mask is enriched with Olive Oil Polyphenols and Hydroxytyrosol provides nourishment, firmness and tone to skin that is dehydrated or lacking vibrancy due to stress, lack of sleep or poor diet.

The polyphenols that are found abundantly in Olive Oil are extremely efficient and multifaceted antioxidants. Polyphenols are exceptionally stable and protective. The most powerful member of the polyphenols group is hydroxytyrosol. Extremely rare and effective in even small concentrations.

Kinerase Clear Skin Instant Radiance Facial Peel - This product delivers clearer skin in only five days. The skin becomes smoother and more radiant due to a combination of advanced forms lactic and fruit acids which promote cellular turnover, yet experiences little to no irritation due to the skin soothers that are contained in the product.

In addition to the technologically advanced applicator to control application levels, the Facial Peel also contains Kinetin, pentavitin and algae-mugwart extract for exceptional, targeted results.

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