Regardless of whether or not we think we are the most attractive person in the world, all of us basically like the way that we look. We are comfortable with what we see when we look in the mirror. For this reason, when we start to see changes in our skin that alter our appearance negatively, we get concerned. We are worried because we do not want our perception of ourselves to change, and we do not want the way that other people view us to change, either.
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that has the ability to drastically change the appearance of a person’s face. The longer it is left untreated, the worse it gets. Unfortunately, people will hold off from getting treatment because they think they are dealing with acne or something else that can be easily treated.
This condition can affect anyone. However, individuals with lighter skin have a higher risk of developing it. Rosacea has long baffled the medical community. While we do have a basic understanding of some of the triggers that lead to its development, there is no clear identifiable cause. And since the medical community does not clearly understand the cause, they are struggling to find a viable cure.
This does not mean that individuals who are suffering from rosacea have no hope. In fact, there are a number of effective ways to minimize symptoms.
It’s interesting to note that while rosacea primarily affects light-skinned individuals from northern European countries, it is being seen on more and more individuals in the Middle East and Asia, and it seems to have a direct connection between improved social economic development. This is leading some medical professionals to believe that environmental causes play a greater role in the development of rosacea than simply genetic triggers.
Conversely, others say that rosacea has always been a problem in these areas, but it is just that now as a result of improved diagnostic and medical facilities in these parts of the world, more cases are being reported.
Before an individual develops full-blown rosacea, they are likely to see flushing. This describes a condition where their face and neck or chest turn red. These episodes can last for many minutes, and some people even comment that they feel their skin temperature rises during these episodes.
People begin to experience hyper-sensitive skin. Their skin may become delicate to things like sunlight or touch. Next, facial redness becomes more permanent. People feel like they have patches of sunburn on their skin that does not go away. Full-blown rosacea is identified by small spots that appear on the face as well as inflamed blood vessels.
At Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre in Guelph, we offer a number of different treatment options for minimizing symptoms of rosacea. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation to learn more.