If you suffer from Rosacea, the first thing to understand is that you are not alone.
Rosacea is a common, inflammatory skin disorder with a worldwide distribution of more than 50 million people. Many famous faces have Rosacea; Prince William, Renee Zellweger, Cynthia Nixon, Bill Clinton and Lena Dunham to name a few.
While Rosacea has no known cure or cause the condition can often cause embarrassment and distress. One of the hardest hurdles to overcome is the fact that Rosacea can appear at any time in a person’s life.
Clinical studies indicate most Rosacea patients first noticed the redness in their 30’s-40’s, however, it can appear on anyone and sometimes quite out of the blue.
While the condition is more commonly diagnosed in fair-skinned people of European descent, it can also occur in people of all ethnicities and skin types.
What to do when you first notice Rosacea
- If you do think you have Rosacea, the first step is the get a referral from your GP to see a dermatologist. Depending on the severity of your condition they might recommend anti-biotics, specific topical creams and/or dietary changes.
- Before meeting with your dermatologist (specialist appointments can take a while to book so make sure to be proactive about this), it is best to educate yourself on the condition as much as possible. Read about common trigger points and keep a journal of what you think your own triggers might be. Being conscious of your diet and lifestyle can really help inform your specialist as to an appropriate treatment plan.
- Once you have seen your dermatologist, book in a skin consultation and treatment with an experienced dermal therapist. There are many facials, Light and Laser treatments available that can help to restore the skin balance and reduce the symptoms of rosacea. A dermal therapist will also be able to work alongside your dermatologist to advice you on what topical skincare products you need to introduce into your regime and which ones you need to eliminate.
- The most important point to consider when you first notice Rosacea is the detrimental impact stress and anxiety have on the condition. Create an action plan to assure yourself that you are going to overcome this skin condition and alleviate some of the uncertainty and pressure of the unknown. Join online forums for people with Rosacea and create a network around you of people that understand what you are going through. By being proactive and conscious about the condition you can make better choices to avoid trigger points that result in rosacea flare ups.