This is the page for you to ask Rosacea FAQs and have them answered.
Q. Can being anxious or nervous contribute to a rosacea flare-up? I do a lot of public speaking and find my face sometimes gets red and swollen before an engagement.
A. Since anxiety and nervousness are forms of emotional stress, it's quite likely that the anticipation of your speaking engagement could result in a rosacea flare-up. In a National Rosacea Society survey of 602 patients, 88 percent said their rosacea often or sometimes flares up when they are under emotional stress.
The good news is that for those respondents who practice stress reduction and avoidance techniques, 92 percent reported that they often or sometimes reduced those flare-ups. Try some relaxation techniques before your speech.
Q. How long after a rosacea trigger will a rosacea flare-up occur? For instance, if I eat a food that's a tripwire, will the flare-up happen within minutes, hours, days or weeks?
A. Although there are no data available on how quickly a rosacea trigger may lead to a flare-up, the time is likely to vary depending on the individual and the nature of the tripwire. Try monitoring your individual case to see how quickly your rosacea has responded. And remember, while a wide range of factors has been identified as potential triggers, not every tripwire affects every individual.
Q. I am using a topical antibiotic to control my rosacea with great success. Should I suspend treatment for a couple of weeks to prevent developing a resistance to the medication?
A. Rosacea patients who applied topical antibiotic twice daily over two years did not develop a tolerance to the medication and continued to respond to the therapy, even with long-term use. In a recent study, the amount of medication absorbed into the bloodstream is either none, or is negligeable. Topical treatments usually have minimal side effects and the amount of medication absorbed into the bloodstream is either absent or minuscule.
More Rosacea FAQs
Q. Is it common or rare for a woman in her 70s to develop rosacea?
A. While the first signs of rosacea usually appear between the ages of 30 and 60, a National Rosacea Society survey of 2,279 rosacea patients found that approximately 10 percent of the respondents saw their initial symptoms after the age of 69. The most common age for the first appearance of rosacea was between 40 and 49 years old, reported by 25 percent of the survey respondents, followed by ages 30 to 39 for 19 percent of the respondents, 50 to 59 for 18 percent, and 60 to 69 for 15 percent. Rosacea symptoms appeared before age 30 in 13 percent of the respondents.
Q. I suffer from bumps or pimples that aggravate my lips. Is this caused by my rosacea?
A. Rosacea usually affects the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. Bumps or pimples around the mouth could be a sign of another skin condition such as perioral dermatitis. This disorder usually presents a red, slightly scaly rash around the mouth and is especially common in women and children. There may be clusters of small bumps around the mouth. Flushing, blushing or visible blood vessels are not usually associated with this condition; however, concurrent rosacea may also be present. You should see your dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate therapy.
Q. Does topical medication get washed away when you perspire? My prescription says as a part of of your skin care regimen in the morning (before going out for the day) and in the evening (before bedtime) to use it twice a day, but should I also reapply it after exercising?
A. Once topical medication is absorbed into the skin, the beneficial effects are not washed away when you perspire. Dermatologists recommend applying topical medication to clean, dry skin and waiting 5 to 10 minutes before applying other skin-care products. It is important that you use your medication as prescribed. If it requires application twice a day, it can easily be used as part of your routine skin-care regimen in the morning (before going out for the day) and in the evening (before bedtime).