April is Rosacea Awareness Month

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) designates April as Rosacea Awareness Month to educate the public on the impact of this chronic and widespread facial disorder estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans. Often observed as redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go, the earliest signs of rosacea are often overlooked because people assume they are temporary and will go away. Without medical treatment the effects of rosacea can become increasingly severe. Common symptoms include blushing and flushing, persistent redness, bumps and pimples, visible blood vessels, eye irritation, burning or stinging, a dry appearance, plaques, skin thickening, swelling. Beyond the face, rosacea develops most commonly on the neck, chest, scalp or ears.