A few months ago I wrote about my trip to the dermatologist. Among other things, I wanted to talk to my doctor about my rosacea.
A lot of people still don’t know what rosacea is or that although the cause is unknown, there are ways to treat it.
What is it? It’s a vascular condition caused by inflammation, with symptoms that include facial redness, pimples, eye irritation and can even lead to thickened skin and permanent visible blood vessels. If left untreated, rosacea can actually worsen over time. Sixteen million Americans suffer from the condition, but 78% of people don’t even know what it is.
I recently had the opportunity (along with several other bloggers) to ask actress Cynthia Nixon, who did a PSA for rosacea, a question regarding her experience with the skin condition.
I asked her how she deals with the redness – make-up, diet, a combination of things? I figured being an actress, it must be difficult since you’re always being photographed.
She responded with “Since I was diagnosed a couple of years ago by my dermatologist, I have totally changed my skincare regimen. Before my diagnosis, I thought that I was experiencing acne and that I just needed to try to get my skin “cleaner”. My dermatologist helped me realize that the harsh scrubs and astringents I was using were only making my rosacea worse, and that I should be using products meant for sensitive skin. She also gave me a prescription treatment to help manage my condition. In terms of my diet, I realized that the two things I love – spicy food and wine – were triggering flare-ups, and now I avoid them as much as I can. In terms of make-up, I try to avoid slapping on tons of make-up. I stick to my prescription treatment regimen and using products meant for sensitive skin.”
To learn more about other rosacea triggers and get more information on rosacea you can visit ROSACEAFACTS.COM, where you can also find a physician locator and take a self-screening quiz to see if you might have rosacea.
You can view Cynthia’s PSA below:
This is not a sponsored post. I received no compensation for this. I just think this topic is really important.