What Is Rosacea And How Do I Treat It ?

Rosacea is a benign skin condition, while the condition isn’t dangerous and can in many ways be compared to acne, like it’s counterpart it is a great nuisance to many people. According to estimates from 2010 there are more than 16 million people that are affected by rosacea in the U.S. alone, with an estimated 45 million worldwide. The primary symptoms of rosacea are pink or red patches on the skin, reddish cysts and irritated eyes. Many people that have rosacea don’t even realize that it’s a medical condition and that a rosacea treatment exists.

Rosacea is classified as a incurable skin conditions that has periodic flares and remissions. Unlike the acne that most teenagers experience, most people with rosacea don’t “outgrow” it as they age. Rosacea most commonly appears on the forehead, chin and nose. Contrary to popular belief rosacea isn’t contagious or infectious, therefore it can’t be spread by skin contact, sharing towels or through inhalation.

How to treat it?

At this time it is believed that there is no cure for rosacea but a rosacea treatment does exist. Treatments using laser and photodynamic therapy have cleared the skin for longer periods ranging from months for some patients to years for others. These however aren’t the only options for treating rosacea.

Depending on how severe the symptoms are treatments range from various creams and antibacterial washes to antibiotic pills, pulsed-light therapy and isotretinoin. The most common cases of rosacea don’t really require treatment as many people live with the condition without even knowing that they have it, often assuming that they simply blush easily or that their skin is just very sun sensitive. For the patients with severe rosacea usually a combination approach works best. A common course of action is to use sulfa wash during the day and a antibacterial cream in the morning. If everything else fails laser and photodynamic may be used combined with the previously mentioned home regimen. Before choosing any treatment it is advisable to seek out a photodynamic advice on the best rosacea treatment for your condition.