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A Guide to Rosacea Skin Care Products
By: Ken Black
Rosacea, a chronic condition affecting the blood vessels of an estimated 16 million Americans, may cause permanent damage to
the skin if left untreated. Nearly half of all rosacea sufferers report that they have ocular rosacea in which the eyes are also affected
by the condition.
This hereditary disorder, that can also affect other areas of the body besides the face, most commonly afflicts adults between the
ages of 30 and 65. However, there have been cases reported of the condition affecting children as well. Women and people with fair
or light colored skin seem to be the most prone to acquiring rosacea. Some famous rosacea sufferers include former president Bill
Clinton and W.C. Fields.
There are basically four stages of rosacea, pre-rosacea, mild, moderate, and severe rosacea. The condition can progress over time
from one stage to the next, beginning with the frequent dilation of the blood vessels in the face, eventually leading to structural
damage and vascular hyper-responsiveness.
The disorder, which can be painful at times, may begin with subtle redness near the center of the face, with eruptions gradually
appearing on the nose, forehead, chin, and cheekbones. Treatment with products designed specifically for rosacea are necessary to
control the redness and inflammation.
When the tiny blood vessels on the face dilate, red blotchy areas known as papules appear on the skin. A papule is a solid elevated
lesion which has three general classifications: minor, moderate, and severe. Minor papules appear to be the size of a pimple or
measles lesion, and a moderate papule is roughly the size of a pencil eraser.
Severe papules can be as large as the size of a coin and also contain pustules, which are inflamed bumps on the skin that are filled
with pus. The delicate skin on the face can thicken, swell, and be tender to the touch.
To successfully treat the disorder, the correct type of products must be used