Is It Rosacea -- or Just Sun Damage?

A poster presented at a recent meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology by Dr. Ronald Marks, professor emeritus at the University of Wales, raised the question of whether subtype 1 (erythematotelangiectatic) rosacea can be distinguished from sun-damaged skin.

Dr. Marks observed that patients with sun-damaged skin often exhibit facial redness and visible blood vessels, which are also symptomatic of subtype 1 rosacea.

New Study Links Warmer Skin to Rosacea Bumps and Pimples

The greater warmth of the facial skin of rosacea sufferers may play a role in triggering the unsightly bumps and pimples that are common signs of this disorder, according to a new study funded by a grant from the National Rosacea Society and reported at the recent annual meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology.

A Fine Complexion Need Not Become a Distant Memory

Many rosacea sufferers grow up with a complexion that initially is very fine. But when rosacea strikes, being accustomed to compliments on a "peaches and cream" complexion can make the relentless march of unsightly redness, pimples and excess tissue growth especially shocking.

Your Skin May Influence Rosacea's Appearance

Your skin is your bodyguard. Tough but pliable, it is a barrier to harmful substances, protects against excess ultraviolet radiation and helps regulate body temperature.

But in rosacea sufferers, the facial portion of this largest and most visible organ may erupt on its own or respond to a variety of environmental and lifestyle factors with redness, a pimple-strewn appearance and even an irritated feeling. Just what is your skin made of, and how does rosacea affect it?


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