An estimated 16 million Americans are living with rosacea, a skin condition that causes redness, burning and stinging, mostly on the face. Celebs are not immune. If you are suffering, help is available. Read expert tips from a dermatologist below!
Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at the Department of Dermatology at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital told us exclusively:
“Rosacea is a condition where the skin is overly sensitive to the environment. Triggers that shouldn’t upset the skin cause redness, burning and stinging, flushing, and pus pimples.”
If you feel like you have rosacea, commonly seen as redness on the face, you are not alone. Even celebs like Renee Zellweger and Cameron Diaz reportedly have rosacea.
“Rosacea is very common, affecting an estimated 16 million Americans,” Dr. Zeichner says.
Dr. Bruce Katz, Director of the Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital and Director of the Juva Skin & Laser Center in New York, adds that rosacea is very common but not contagious. “Most people develop little pimples, redness and broken blood vessels on the nose, cheeks, and a little bit of forehead and chin.”
Dr. Zeichner continues: “You are born with it, but symptoms progress slowly over time, so most people start to be bothered by it by the time they hit their 30s. If you can recognize you have rosacea earlier in life, you can treat it and prevent it from getting worse.”
“Triggers for flare-ups include spicy foods, hot beverages, emotional stress, alcohol, and changes in weather — usually rapid changes in temperature from hot to cold or cold to hot.”
But there are many treatments that can help you feel and look better. As far as over the counter remedies, “calming moisturizers help improve skin hydration and soothe inflamed skin.” Dr. Zeichner recommends Aveeno Ultra Calming Moisturizer.
He adds, and this is true for anyone: “Sunscreen is extremely important” because “UV light may flare rosacea. Choose a physical blocker susncreen with only zinc and titanium which are less irritating to the skin.”
If you need a stronger medication, see your dermatologist. He or she may prescribe a topical medication like Finacea or Soolantra to calm inflamed skin. Orally, you could try Oracea, “a low dose antibiotic that has anti-inflammatory properties,” Dr. Zeichner says.
Dr. Katz adds that it’s important to get it under control, because if you do not treat, there is a possibility you can develop rhinophyma, which is a rosy, bumpy nose (google it!).
There is also a laser treatment that Dr. Katz recommends. The Pulsed Dye Laser takes away redness and the broken blood vessels. You need 2 or 3 treatments for results, but each are only 10 minutes with no downtime.
HollywoodLifers, do you suffer from this skin condition? How do you treat your rosacea?