Rosacea

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Very often we come across people whose face looks redder than it ought to be. This condition is referred to as Rosacea, and this is actually a skin condition that affects a large section of the white population (mainly those living in north western Europe). But according to estimates, as many as 45 million people are affected by this skin disease, including 14 million Americans.

Why does Rosacea affect so many people in the US? This has something to do  with the millions of baby boomers who are entering a critical stage of their lives. Rosacea mainly affects people who are above the age of 50, and with as many as 77 million who qualify as baby boomers - 33% of them are at risk of getting the condition. But Rosacea can also occur in younger people. According to the National Rosacea Society survey, 44% of all reported cases first had the symptoms when they were between the age of 30 and 40. Another interesting observation is that, the symptoms of Rosacea are seen more in women than in men.

Rosacea is a skin condition with symptoms appearing on the face. It causes facial redness and looks similar to pimples or acne. There are many theories behind the causes of Rosacea.

- Some believe that it is caused by a disorder of the blood vessels, causing swelling of the vessels in the facial region.
-Then there are those who believe that it is caused by a gastrointestinal system bacterial infection.
-There is also a third theory and this is that Demodex folliculorum or tiny mites that stay in the hair follicles obstruct the gland openings and this leads to Rosacea.

There are many theories but no one is quite certain which one of them actually causes the disease.

Symptoms include redness in the face; a burning sensation in the eyes; small bumps on the cheeks, chin, nose and forehead that are red in color; blood vessels becoming noticeable on the cheeks and the nose; a bulbous and red nose.

Rosacea itself is not a serious condition, but it is risky to leave it untreated because Rosacea can develop serious complications. This skin disease has been known to progress to telangiectasia, semi-permanent erythema, vision problems and other conditions.

Some people confuse Rosacea with acne, and proceed with the same line of treatment. But these are two different conditions requiring different methods of treatment.