What Is Rosacea?
Rosacea is characterized by flare-ups on the face, such as redness or bumps and blemishes. Researchers are still trying to pinpoint the exact cause of rosacea. Symptoms can flare up, fade and then come back. It is important to learn how to properly identify and treat rosacea with your dermatologist to help prevent symptoms from getting worse.
We’re here to help educate you about rosacea, and better equip you for your consultation.
The Burden of Rosacea
Who Gets Rosacea?
Men and women of every skin type can be diagnosed with rosacea, but some groups are more prone to it. Some indicators of rosacea prone skin are:
If you are of Irish, German, or English ancestry and have fair skin, there’s a good chance you could develop rosacea
More women than men have rosacea, but severe symptoms like skin thickening occur more often in men
A family history of rosacea makes it more likely that you or other family members may have it too
Rosacea has historically appeared between the age of 30 and 60
95% of patients diagnosed with rosacea knew little or nothing about the condition until they were diagnosed.1
Rosacea symptoms can be different for everyone. Some people display just one symptom, while others show multiple. These symptoms are the most common:
For many people, facial redness is the most noticeable symptom of rosacea. Sometimes mistaken for blushing or sensitivity to sunlight, rosacea takes on a distinctive pattern, affecting the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead near the center of the face.
Acne-like breakouts are another common characteristic of rosacea. While these bumps and blemishes might resemble acne, treating them with certain acne medications can upset sensitive skin (common with rosacea) and make the condition even worse.
A more rare type of rosacea causes the skin to thicken and develop a bumpy texture. Skin may thicken on the chin, forehead, cheeks and ears, but mostly affects the nose.
Rosacea can also affect the eyes, causing redness and a gritty, itchy feeling that burns or stings. Ocular rosacea can even lead to light sensitivity and blurred vision.
Think you might have rosacea?
Consult your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and to learn more about Galderma’s line of topical and oral rosacea treatments that might be right for you.