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Rosacea affects over 14 million people in North America alone and millions more around the world. It is a common, though widely misunderstood skin condition that manifests as redness in the facial, neck, and chest area. It's non-gender specific, but has been known to affect women as much as three time more frequently than men. That said, men often experience symptoms that are more severe, though this may be due to their habit of not visiting doctors until the condition progresses. The condition tends to affect individuals between the ages of 30 and 60 and many women find that the condition worsens after menopause.

Unfortunately, many people don't even realize that they have rosacea. And a significant portion of those who do, often have no idea regarding the treatments that are available. Today, I'll describe the symptoms of rosacea along with potential causes for the condition. And while there is no known cure, I'll discuss some of the most effective ways to manage it.

Causes And Symptoms  

It's important to note that doctors and dermatologists lack scientific evidence of the root causes for rosacea. Most dialogue is based upon observation and reactions to potential triggering events. For example, we know that the condition manifests as flushing and dilation of the blood vessels. This has led many doctors to speculate that the disorder is associated with a problem in the vascular system. Others have reasoned that a patient's nervous system may be at the root because symptoms are often triggered by stress. Other theories even include the contribution of a tiny mite called Demodex folliculorum. But really, it’s mainly theoretical.  

Rosacea manifests itself differently for each person. That said, there are 4 main signs, including flushing (often the earliest sign), persistent redness, red bumps, and visible blood vessels. There are a number of ancillary symptoms which can include a burning sensation, thickening or scaling of the affected skin, swelling, and even irritated eyes that can become bloodshot. Some individuals experience acne-like blemishes.

How To Treat Rosacea  

Even though a cure for rosacea hasn't yet been discovered, the symptoms can be managed. Doctors and dermatologists have found that topical solutions and laser therapy can help control them. Products containing niacinamide (vitamin B3), silymarin (milk thistle) and MSM (a sulfur compound) can provide relief. Two formulations to consider include:
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Because there is no known cure for rosacea, you should combine effective topical solutions with a lifestyle that helps to keep the symptoms in remission. While the products above can help defend against environmental triggers, stress and other personal triggers may still provoke an outbreak.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed] 

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      Suzann wrote Dec 17, 2008
    • Hi Sharmani,

      This is the best explanation of rosacea I’ve seen.  

      I had it for years, and went to the doctor - but that was before people were into it. My therapist said she couldn’t see any redness, and the doctor thought I was just being hysterical. To me, it was unsightly and since I had no idea what it was, I was trying everything - from ice packs to heavy makeup, and even to dotting Visine on my face.  

      But this is the weird part - the rosacea went away quite quickly after I broke up with this man I was seeing! The problem is, he and I drank red wine - and I also stopped drinking red wine when we broke up, so I don’t know which issue caused the rosacea to heal.  

      Anyway, thanks for the great article. Love your website, too.

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      Pharmagirl wrote Jan 5, 2009
    • Barb

      There are many theories as to what causes rosacea, but nothing exact has been determined yet. Because the condition often appears or worsens at menopause, there is a possible hormonal implication. Stress is almost certainly a trigger as it tends to disrupt levels of many hormones as well.

      Topical lotions and creams that contain Vitamin B3 (niacinamide), silymarin (an anti inflammatory and antioxidant) as well as MSM can be helpful. The two products listed above - Rosacure and Rosaliac can provide relief for affected individuals.

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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 5, 2009
    • I see those who take Juice Plus  ( [Link Removed] ) help to cure Rosacea.

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      Rachelle Dalton wrote Jan 6, 2009
    • great blog may I suggest Lorac cosmetics it is a great cosmetic line for sensitive rosacea skin.  

      There green neutralizer is fantastic to put on skin it calms and takes away the red before applying primer and foundation

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