April is Rosacea Awareness Month, a month to promote acceptance and education about this common and challenging skin condition. Below, we’ll learn more what rosacea is, how it is diagnosed and treated, and what you can do to support awareness of rosacea this April.

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a challenging skin disorder that affects millions of Americans. In fact, the National Rosacea Society estimates that over 16 million Americans are currently struggling with it.

Rosacea is most commonly characterized by redness of the face, especially on the forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose. In some cases, redness may also appear on the scalp, ears, neck, or chest.

Aside from chronic reddening of the facial skin, there are other key symptoms of rosacea as well. These also appear on the face and include:

  • Burning and stinging skin
  • Enlarged pores
  • Skin thickening
  • Severe reddening and swelling of the nose
  • Dry or rough skin, often seen in patches
  • Broken blood vessels and/or bumps on the eyelids
  • Acne-like blemishes and bumps
  • Irritated or watery eyes
  • Vision problems

What causes rosacea?

Experts aren’t exactly sure what causes rosacea. However, genetics, blood vessel problems, bacteria, sun damage, or lifestyle choices such as smoking may play roles.

Those who currently have or have had severe acne in the past may be more likely to experience rosacea symptoms. Likewise, women between the ages of 30 and 50 are the most common sufferers of this disease.

It is not uncommon for rosacea symptoms to appear in flares, meaning they come and go over time. Sometimes, a trigger, such as using hairspray near the face, drinking alcohol, eating spicy foods, or spending too long in the sun or hot weather may cause a rosacea flareup.

How is rosacea treated?

Rosacea cannot be cured, but it can and should be treated. If left uncared for, the symptoms of rosacea often worsen over time. In some rare cases, they can become permanent.

Your first step toward relieving rosacea symptoms and managing this disorder is to see a doctor. Certain prescribed medications (oral and topical) can help alleviate many of the major symptoms of rosacea.

Working with a trained esthetician

Beyond prescribed medications, seeing an esthetician is another crucial step in managing rosacea. Estheticians understand the importance of proper rosacea skincare.

At the New York Institute of Beauty, we offer a number of spa skin care services within our student clinic. Allow a supervised esthetics student help you manage multiple skin concerns effectively.

NYIB is also a Dermalogica Partnership School, which means we offer only the best Dermalogica skin care products available. For rosacea management, we are now offering Redness Relief Essence. This excellent Dermalogica product is designed to work synergistically with even the most sensitive skin to relieve, restore, and hydrate. The product combats many symptoms of rosacea, including redness, discomfort, and dehydration.

We also recommend our UltraCalming Facial ($40.00) at the NYIB student skin care clinic:

Red, itching, burning skin – don’t conceal it. Control it! The UltraCalming facial is serious relief for sensitized skin. All product ingredients and hand’s on procedures are designed to calm, soothe and replenish the most aggravated, irritated, inflamed skin. By targeting the triggers behind redness, itching and stinging, this treatment will help recover skin health for long-term relief from flare-ups.

Treat your rosacea the right way

Rosacea can be a debilitating skin condition for a variety of physical and emotional reasons. Fortunately, if you struggle with rosacea, there are things you can do to treat and beat it!

Don’t forget to help raise awareness about rosacea this month by sharing the Rosacea Awareness Month “Rose” logo on your social media profile, or go to the National Rosacea Society website to find out more about actions you can take.