Author(s): Arlen Brownstein
Rosacea, also called "adult acne" or "acne rosacea," is a facial skin condition marked by a recurring redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead. Left untreated, the redness becomes more permanent, and, in advanced cases, the nose may become bumpy, red, and swollen from excess tissue. In some cases, the eyes also may be affected, and the condition can result in vision loss. Rosacea cannot be cured, but its symptoms can be greatly reduced and its progression arrested through medical treatment and lifestyle modifications. This guide offers readers detailed information about what what factors contribute to a flare-up and how the condition can be treated. The authors provide a checklist to help readers identify their own individual triggers and go on to describe the latest medical and alternative treatments and explain the importance of nutrition's role in controlling the condition. A final chapter for readers whose self-confidence and self-esteem are suffering as a result of the disorder suggests strategies for bringing symptoms under control and dealing with social situations when flare-ups occur.