Patients who suffer from Rosacea of the have a myriad of symptoms including facial redness, pustules, bumps and prominent blood vessels. Dermatologic studies indicate approximately 16 million Americans suffer from Rosacea. The disease is largely hereditary, with those of Scandinavian and Celtic origin being most prone, though persons from any race are subject to the condition. The actual cause of the disease is not known. Although there is no “cure” for Rosacea, there are dermatologic treatments to control the symptom for the disease.
Recent data suggests factors such as excessive sun exposure, higher body mass index (BMI), smoking, drinking alcohol, heart disease, cancer, and advanced age may all contribute. This new data can be used to develop better treatment plans for patients with Rosacea. Since genetics cannot be altered, it is important to focus on lifestyle modifications while treating the disease. All patients with Rosacea can benefit from moderating UV exposure, using SPF 30 or higher sunscreen with zinc oxide daily, reducing alcohol intake, smoking cessation, and consuming a healthy diet as well as exercising regularly.