Who does Rosacea affect?
Rosacea is a chronic disease which afflicts over 16 million North Americans.
Rosacea is most commonly found in adults between the ages of 30 and 65
but rosacea has been known to afflict even children. The people who are
the most prone to acquiring Rosacea are fair skinned adults and especially
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a hereditary, chronic (meaning long term) skin disorder that
most often affects the nose, forehead, cheekbones, and chin. In its beginning
stages this common skin disease, which causes subtle redness in the center
of the face, may come and go on its own. But, if left untreated, Rosacea
may develop into some inflammation, accompanied by skin eruptions, and
may gradually become chronic and even permanent. Furthermore, the skin
tissue can swell and thicken and may be tender and sensitive to the touch.
About half of Rosacea sufferers also complain of symptoms with their eyes,
also known as Ocular Rosacea.
The medical breakdown of Rosacea:
Rosacea is caused by the dilation of tiny microvessels called arterioles,
capillaries, and venules, which occurs close to the surface of the skin.
This causes the skin to break out with blotchy red areas called papules.
A papule is a red solid elevated inflammatory skin lesion without pus
(unless the papule is severe). These papules have three classifications;
minor, moderate and severe. A minor Rosacea papule is the size of a small
measles lesion. A moderate Rosacea papule is the size of a pencil eraser.
A severe papule is the size of a coin and also contains pustules (pus-filled
Daily tips that all rosacea sufferers should be practising:
1. Wash with water that is lukewarm, not hot.
2. Use our gentle (non-abrasive) cleanser applied with
the fingers, not a cloth.
3. Blot dry, but do not rub, with a thick-pile cotton
4. Wait for the skin to dry completely. If a cleanser
hasn't been used, 5 or 10 minutes will be sufficient, otherwise waiting
20 or 30 minutes may be preferable.
5. Apply ZenMED Rosacea Cream. If any stinging is felt,
increase the time between cleansing and applying the medication.
6. Wait another 5 or 10 minutes before applying any
cosmetics or moisturizer.
7. It is extremely important to be aware of your sun
exposure as this can worsen your Rosacea symptoms. Be sure to apply sun-block
as part of your daily routine.