Rosacea Awareness Month w Cynthia Nixon #RosaceaFacts

by - 4/23/2012 10:54:00 AM

To help spread awareness of the common yet often undiagnosed skin condition rosacea, award-winning actress Cynthia Nixon (best known for her role as Miranda Hobbes in HBO's series, Sex and the City) is starring in an online public service announcement in honor of Rosacea Awareness Month and sharing her personal experience with rosacea for the first time.

Rosacea Awareness Month

A majority of rosacea sufferers polled said medical treatment improved their emotional and social well being. The first step towards encouraging treatment is spreading awareness.

While Rosacea is a chronic skin condition of the face that commonly occurs in light-skinned persons of Celtic, Dutch, Irish or English ancestry, all races may be affected -- including African Americans, Latinos and Asians, and is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

While rosacea is sometimes referred to as "adult acne," it has its own set of symptoms, triggers, and treatments. In fact, it is a distinctly different and often a more serious condition than acne vulgaris, which most commonly occurs during adolescence. While both conditions can cause pimples, rosacea requires different therapy because acne treatments can make it worse, and the chronic nature of rosacea means it rarely goes away by itself.
  • Unlike acne, rosacea occurs most often in adults between the ages of 30 and 50
  • While acne-like bumps and pustules are common in some types of rosacea, other symptoms like persistent redness, enlarged blood vessels, and thickened skin are unique to rosacea
  • Squeezing a rosacea pimple will typically only make a small amount of clear liquid come out. Unlike acne, where professional extractions can help remove whiteheads and blackheads, squeezing or extracting rosacea bumps does not help improve the rosacea
  • Many acne medicines are just too harsh for the sensitive skin of rosacea, and may, in fact, make rosacea worse
  • Rosacea is usually only found on your face, however it can also affect the eyes, whereas acne often affects the chest and back
With visible symptoms that can be hard to self-diagnose, it is easy to see why rosacea leaves many feeling self-conscious and isolated. In fact, many people feel that the condition affects their self-esteem to the point where they avoid public situations. If rosacea is affecting your quality of life, it’s important to know that support and treatment are available.

To take the rosacea screening quiz and find a dermatologist visit

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