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 women.
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
The medical breakdown
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 inflammatory bumps).
Daily tips that all rosacea
sufferers should be practising:
1. Wash with water that is lukewarm, not
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 towel
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
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.