In recognition of Rosacea Awareness Month, it’s time to shed light on the condition that affects millions worldwide yet remains a bit of a mystery even to those who have it. 

Rosacea is a a chronic skin condition characterized by facial redness and visible blood vessels amongst other symptoms and can be a source of discomfort and self-consciousness — but it doesn’t need to be! With the right dermatological care and education, it’s perfectly manageable. 

Keep reading to debunk some of the most common myths surrounding rosacea:  

Myth 1: Rosacea is simply a cosmetic issue.

Fact: Rosacea is a recognized medical condition that affects the skin’s appearance and can cause significant physical discomfort, including burning and soreness. More than aesthetics, rosacea’s psychological impact on self-esteem can be profound, necessitating a holistic approach to management and treatment.

Myth 2: Only fair-skinned people get rosacea.

Fact: While rosacea is more prevalent among individuals with lighter skin types it can affect people of all skin colors and ethnicities. Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis in those with darker skin tones can often result from this misconception — which brings us to myth #3. 

Myth 3: Rosacea is just another term for acne.

Fact: Although rosacea can manifest with pimples similar to acne, the two conditions are distinct. Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder with no direct link to the clogged pores or bacteria that typically cause acne. It also includes symptoms like flushing and visible blood vessels that are not characteristics of acne. Treatment and care for each condition differ significantly, making diagnosis key for proper treatment. 

Myth 4: Rosacea is contagious.

Fact: Rosacea is not an infectious condition and cannot be passed from person to person through skin contact or otherwise. It is thought to be caused by a combination of hereditary and environmental factors, not by a transmissible agent.

Myth 5: Spicy foods and alcohol are the only triggers for rosacea.

Fact: While spicy foods and alcohol are known to trigger rosacea for some individuals, the causes of breakouts are varied. Other common triggers include sun exposure, emotional stress, hot weather, wind, heavy exercise, and certain skincare products. Identifying and avoiding personal triggers is a key component of managing rosacea.

Myth 6: Rosacea can be cured with over-the-counter products.

Fact: There is currently no cure for rosacea, but its symptoms can be managed and reduced through a combination of prescription medications, laser therapy, and lifestyle adjustments. 

Rosacea Awareness Month is the perfect time to dispel myths and encourage anyone experiencing symptoms to seek professional medical advice. By arming ourselves with knowledge, we can improve the quality of life for those affected. If you or a loved one is suffering from rosacea, know it’s not permanent. Call us at (727) 545-3376 or request an appointment online to see how we can help manage and treat your symptoms.

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