19 Mar 2010

Despite its conspicuous nature, most Canadians still do not know what Rosacea is or what to do about it. March has been designated Rosacea rosacea_cheek2_big1Awareness Month by the National Rosacea Society to increase public awareness of Rosacea and to highlight the warning signs of this prevalent but little-known condition.

Although Rosacea is becoming increasingly common as the heavily populated baby boom generation enters the most predisposed ages, a Gallup survey found that 69 percent of Canadians have no knowledge of this common disorder now estimated to affect more than 11 million people in Canada alone.
Because of its effects on personal appearance Rosacea can cause devastating psychological and social problems if left untreated. Most Rosacea sufferers said this condition had lowered their self-esteem and self-confidence, with many reporting embarrassment, anxiety and even depression.
Misconceptions and unawareness about Rosacea proliferate, and many people with this disorder are unaware that they have a medical condition that can be easily treated. The social and emotional effects of this condition can affect a person’s quality of life. If diagnosed early, the advanced effects of this skin disorder can be prevented.

Anyone with one or more of the following warning signs of Rosacea should see a skin specialist:
• Redness on the cheeks, nose, forehead or chin.
• Small visible blood vessels on the face.
• Bumps and pimples on the face.
• Watery or irritated eyes.

Without treatment, these symptoms tend to become increasingly severe, and in advanced cases, especially in men, the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue. This condition is called Rhinophyma and may require surgery to repair.
While Rosacea symptoms tend to be more severe in men, it is more commonly diagnosed in women. Rosacea typically first appears in one 30’s but can show up as late as in one’s 50’s.
The good news is that the unattractive effects of this chronic and potentially serious condition can be simply controlled.
Treatments include topical lotions, antibiotics and light based treatments. One of my favorite methods to treat and control Rosacea is IPL, (Intense Pulse Light). This treatment can quickly treat the negative effects of moderate Rosacea symptoms like; flushing and blushing, pimples, redness and the appearance of vessels. In most cases the results are very quick and without downtime. Discuss your options with your skin care specialist to find out what method of treatment would be best for you. Treating in the early stages is your best chance at preventing long term damage and the unsightly appearance of Rosacea.
As a part of Rosacea Awareness Month we are offering 15% off all IPL treatments and 10% off at home care skin products. Take care of your skin and your skin will take care of you. Your face is the first thing people see, make a great first impression without a flushing or blushing.
For more information visit us at: www.thornhillskinclinic.com or e-mail questions to info@thornhillskinclinic.com

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