The National Rosacea Society estimates that over 16 million Americans suffer from some form of rosacea. The bothersome skin condition is characterized by redness across the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose, although symptoms can be seen in other areas like the neck, chest, and ears as well. Other symptoms of rosacea can include frequent blushing, acne-like blemishes, visible facial veins, and more. There are four types of rosacea that can vary in severity.
While rosacea sufferers have to be careful about what they eat and activities they participate in, they should be especially cautious about sun exposure. In a survey of over 1,000 patients with rosacea by the National Rosacea Society, 81% reported sun exposure as one of the main triggers for a flare-up.
A small amount of sunshine is good for most of us, but more than the small amount necessary for vitamin D absorption can cause unwanted side effects for those who have rosacea. Though the sun kills bacteria, the effects of unprotected sun exposure affect patients similarly to an astringent, drying out and clogging pores with dead skin. Not only that, but unprotected sun exposure can speed up the aging process, giving you wrinkles long before you normally would get them, and cause deadly skin cancer.
Patients with rosacea can avoid sun-induced flare-ups by avoiding unnecessary sun exposure and protecting themselves when they do go outside. Wearing a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen, long shirts and pants, and wide-brimmed hats can help keep skin safe and comfortable. Though not all patients have the same trigger factors, it’s important to stay safe in the sun regardless of your skin conditions or the causes of your rosacea flare-ups.
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta offers rosacea sufferers options to help eliminate the symptoms of the skin condition including oral and topical antibiotics which act as anti-inflammatories. Laser treatments may also be an option for some patients. V-beam Perfecta™ laser and Foto Facial® IPL Treatments work by impairing the blood vessels that cause redness and inflammation and allowing them to be absorbed by the body.