Rosacea, a common skin disorder, causes flushing of the face due to enlarged blood vessels. It is often mistaken for blushing or sunburn. It is a chronic condition of the skin, and involves reddening of the central face, across the cheeks, nose, forehead, neck, chest, ears, and even the scalp. It causes dry, itchy, and reddened skin. Few factors like exposure to the extreme heat and cold conditions, spicy food, alcohol consumption, and some medicines, cosmetics, steroids are said to trigger rosacea.
Rosacea: an Overview
There are five subtypes of rosacea. Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is the most commonly observed form of rosacea. It develops with papulopustular rosacea, which is similar to acne. It is a less serious form of rosacea. Phymatous rosacea causes thickening of the skin. Skin gets affected permanently, if it is not treated on time. Ocular rosacea is advanced, and more severe form of rosacea. It usually affects the eyes, and can cause impaired vision, if it remains untreated. Some antibiotics (both topical and oral), shampoos, steroids can cause steroid-induced rosacea.
Rosacea is a chronic, progressive condition; therefore, it needs to be treated as early as possible. However, any medication should be taken after the consultation with your skin specialist. There are several, natural or alternative rosacea treatments that are used to reduce the severity of the symptoms. According to dermatologists, serums, moisturizers, eye creams, and facial gels having vitamin K are known to be effective in minimizing the intensity of rosacea. Treatments for rosacea, like laser treatment, can be very expensive.
Rosacea is known to be a hereditary condition, and Europeans as well as people of Celtic descent have a higher genetic tendency to developing it. The occurrence of rosacea is about three times more in women than it is in men. The easily noticeable symptoms of rosacea disease include swollen skin, visible broken blood vessels, flushing and redness in the center of the face, burning sensation in the skin, etc.
A person with rosacea may try to avoid public contact. This chronic disease can lead to frustration and embarrassment. However, there are many celebrities who have been living with this disease (or who lived with the condition), and have learned to deal with it.
Famous Faces with Rosacea
✦ Lady Diana: She got worldwide fame after her marriage with Prince Charles. She was known for her support of numerous charities. Lady Diana was one of the first celebrities to be photographed touching a HIV infected person. She was constantly focused in media until her death in a car crash.
✦ Price Williams: According to the London Free Press, Prince William also has rosacea. The condition is genetic, and can run in families.
✦ Cameron Diaz: She is a famous American actress and a former model. Cameron acted in many famous Hollywood films like The Mask, My Best Friend's Wedding, What Happens in Vegas, Gangs of New York, among others.
✦ Bill Clinton: Bill Clinton, the former President of the United States, is known to have rosacea. Bill Clinton, a Yale Law School graduate, was the United States President from 1993 to 2001. He was the third youngest president of the United States.
✦ Renée Zellweger: She is an American actress and producer. Zellweger is the actress of Bridget Jones's Diary, for which she won an Academy award. She is also the winner of three Golden Globe and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Cold Mountain.
✦ Alex Ferguson: He is a Scottish football manager and former player. He has been in charge of Manchester United F.C. since 1986, and his team has won more trophies than any other teams in the history of the English football game.
✦ Rosie O'Donnell: She is an American actress, stand-up comedian, singer, author, television producer, and a celebrity blogger. She has worked as a magazine editor, LGBT rights activist, and also a business woman.
✦ Mariah Carey: She is the first recording artist to have her first five singles top the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Mariah, is also a record producer, songwriter, and an actress.
Over 45 million people in the world are estimated to have rosacea. It is not a fatal condition, but it can affect a person's social and psychological life significantly. One should find out what triggers (sunlight, stress, foods, and beverages) his/her rosacea, and should try to avoid those triggers. Prompt treatment can prevent worsening of this skin condition.