Your skin can play a major role in your social life. After all, it’s the first thing people are likely to notice. So for those who suffer from rosacea, there’s always a worry about the unexpected flare ups, especially in situations when that person must look their absolute best.
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Rosacea can have a significant effect on a person’s lifestyle and emotional state. In fact, some information about a survey released by the National Rosacea Society (NRS) states that at least 42% of people with rosacea have felt depressed or sad about their skin condition. At least 50% say they would be willing to change their lifestyle if it meant they would be free from it.
What is Rosacea?
According to the NRS, rosacea is estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans. It is a condition that can appear as harmless as mild acne to something as severe as an inflamed red face. There is no known cure for rosacea, but treatments are available to minimize remissions and control flare ups.
What Rosacea Looks Like
There are many people with prolonged rosy cheeks who don’t realize they have rosacea. The reason for this could be the possibility of not having any other symptoms beyond a red face, which might not be enough of a concern to pay a specialist visit for. However, rosacea can appear in many ways and may be associated with the appearance of any of the following:
What Causes Rosacea?
The cause of rosacea has never been confirmed. However, common factors, such as skin color, family history, diet, and lifestyle are present with those who have this skin condition.
Rosacea symptoms can come and go and may be triggered in any of the following ways:
- weakened immune system
- environmental conditions
- spicy foods
- high blood pressure
– i.e. humidity, over exposure to the sun, extreme temperatures (too hot or too cold)
The Effects of Light Therapy on Rosacea
There is no cure for rosacea, but there are treatments to reduce the intensity of flare ups and remissions. Visible light therapy is currently a very popular choice of treatment due to its non-invasive nature and longer remissions of the symptoms.
Rosacea is typically manifested by inflammation, our body’s defense mechanism to fight infections and injury. Inflammation is a result of changes that take place with the connective tissues and blood vessels in the dermis.
Before considering light therapy as a treatment for rosacea, it’s important to understand how it targets the skin. Light therapy involves wavelengths of light measured in nanometers that target specific layers of the skin. Take a look at the following image, which gives you an idea of what layer of the skin is targeted, based on the color of light used.
Green light therapy is known to produce the best anti-inflammatory results. It targets the dermis area that houses the connective tissues and other important vehicles used to keep our skin safe and protected.
Many experts also use red light therapy to soothe and calm rosacea. Red light therapy can be used to target cells as far as the subcutaneous layer. It is known to be able to target the cells that help produce elasticity, collagen product, and support for our skin.
Yellow light therapy is also a consideration for rosacea by many experts. However, extreme caution is recommended due to the possibility of more severe rosacea conditions. Yellow light may be highly focused on the nerves, creating a level of intensity, stress, and adverse reactions for the skin.
April is designated by the NRS as Rosacea Awareness Month due to the emotional impact it has on many sufferers worldwide. This skin disorder goes far beyond the physical discomfort. It creates a lack of self-esteem, which in turn can result in depression and other health issues.
Although rosacea is NOT contagious, it CAN happen to anyone at any age group. Please help spread the awareness so we can get a few more steps closer to finding a permanent treatment and eventually a cure for rosacea.