Do you suspect that you have or have been diagnosed with rosacea? If so, you probably have dozens of questions on your mind as to how to treat the condition, and what you should and shouldn’t be doing. Over the years, we’ve treated many rosacea patients, and have heard most of these concerns. We’ve put together a list of the most common myths that we’ve found our patients have concerning their newly diagnosed or suspected skin condition. Once you’re armed with the correct information, you’ll be better equipped to manage your rosacea and its treatment.
MYTH #1 – Rosacea is rare
Rosacea is a common skin problem in Australia with 1 out of every 20 people suffering from it. This makes sense as experts have pinpointed that UV radiation is one of the most common triggers and Australia is a very sunny country!
MYTH #2 – Nothing will happen if I leave my rosacea untreated
You might think that rosacea is purely an aesthetic concern, but if left untreated it can cause damage beyond redness. In extreme cases, it can cause your nose to become painfully swollen with excess tissue, and your eyes to become constantly irritated.
MYTH #3 – Rosacea is difficult to mistake compared to other skin conditions
Many patients who develop rosacea in their teens mistake its symptoms for sensitive skin. Others who develop symptoms such as bumps can mistake their symptoms for acne. Treating rosacea with acne treatments can exacerbate your condition and make things much worse.
MYTH #4 – Rosacea only happens in people with light skin
While rosacea is most commonly found in white and light skin tones, it does occur in darker skin as well. Lighter skin only makes the condition easier and quicker to identify, while darker skins might make the symptoms less obvious to spot.
MYTH #5 – Rosacea is only treatable with medication
A surprising number of our patients come to us after months of suffering as they mistakenly assume that rosacea requires harsh medication to treat. This belief is unfounded, as laser treatments can ease symptoms in a minimally invasive manner.
Now that you have more information about how to identify rosacea and the best ways to treat it, you can book an appointment with a dermatologist to discuss your options.