If you have rosacea, you’re not alone
There are more than 16 million people in the United States who suffer from the embarrassment caused by this condition. Worldwide, an estimated 48 million people suffer from rosacea. A facial condition that involves red or pink patches, visible broken blood vessels, red cysts and bumps and pink, swollen eyes, rosacea can be quite itchy and painful at times.
Facial redness can be associated with many factors such as excessive scrubbing of skin, too much sun exposure and medical conditions such as allergic contact dermatitis, lupus, and demodicosis. But the most common cause of facial reddening is rosacea.
Rosacea mostly affects fair-skinned, blue eyed and light-haired adults of north western European descent and Celtic descent, between the ages 30 and 60, and is three times more common in women than in men.
Many celebrities have been affected too
Rosacea flare ups have affected famous celebs who despite their condition have achieved success and fame in their careers. People like Bill Clinton, Princess Diana, Cameron Diaz, Rosie O’Donnell, Mariah Carey, Renee Zellweger, UK television star Lisa Faulkner, and even Emmy Award-winning Actress Cynthia Nixon from Sex and the City, are a just a few who were once left blushing from rosacea.
But it still didn’t stop them from appearing in front of the camera or lowering their confidence level.
‘Miranda’ shares her story
Actress Cynthia Nixon from Sex and the City, suffered from rosacea from her early 40s. What started as a suspicion for adult acne, turned out to be rosacea when she visited her dermatologist.
According to Nixon, 46, stress was a trigger for her condition along with wine, hot baths, facials and harsh astringents. “Once I went to the doctor and got some medicine for rosacea, I was happy with the results and wished I had gone early to save many years of struggle and scrubbing. My dermatologist told me that my harsh, do-it-yourself skin care routine was actually contributing to my rosacea flare-ups, and she helped me develop a regimen that worked for me.”
Nixon has joined hands with National Rosacea Society (NRS) and Galderma Laboratories to raise awareness about the skin condition, rosacea. In the online public service announcements, Cynthia Nixon speaks about her experience with handling the skin condition and encouraging people to seek immediate treatment to prevent it from worsening over time. Rosaceafacts.com features the public service campaign consisting of quizzes to determine whether you have rosacea and also dermatologist suggestions for treatment.
Faulkner reveals her rosacea remedies
Actress Lisa Faulkner was also diagnosed with rosacea in 2005 and has managed to have her own special skin care routine. She has cut down on her exposure to sunlight and also reduced chilies, curries and champagne because they aggravate the condition. Lisa also had been taking acupuncture sessions to reduce stress levels and to keep her calm.
Rosacea, nicknamed as the ‘Curse of the Celts’, also affected Carol Smillie, the 49-year-old television presenter and model, famous for Changing Rooms and the Holiday programs who managed to control rosacea with changes in her diet.
With proper medical treatment and skin care, you can minimize the facial redness, bumps, and pimples caused by rosacea and restore your natural, rosy glow.
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