Yes, April means spring cleaning, but it is also rosacea awareness month, this condition that is unknown to many. We got to talk with Dr. Danielle Marcoux from the Sainte-Justine hospital, who answered some of our questions concerning rosacea!
What causes rosacea?
Many things can cause it, but genetics are the main reason.
Is it hereditary?
It is often transmitted from relatives to children, therefore there is indeed a higher risk of getting rosacea if parents or other relatives have this condition.
What should we avoid if we suffer from this condition? (foods, sun, creams, etc.?)
A person struggling with rosacea should avoid what could possibly dilate small blood vessels (spicy foods, hot drinks, red wine, saunas…).
Do creams and lotions help?
Creams that contain metronidazole help control rosacea, inflammations and redness. A new cream can help reduce redness.
What about laser treatments?
Laser treatments done by dermatologists help reduce dilated blood vessels, therefore reducing redness as well.
Can rosacea disappear?
Rosacea is a chronic condition but it is possible that it never gets worse and stays stable.
Can you get rosacea on areas of the body that are not the face?
It is rare that rosacea appears elsewhere, but it is possible. Genitals and the scalp can be affected.
What are some side effects of rosacea, and can it create other problems?
Problems can involve ocular issues and nose deformations: the nose and the forehead may grow bigger and have deformations.