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Rosacea – Dr. Bernard Gasch, who specializes in innovative medical and cosmetic skin treatments at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery in Portland, Oregon, announces that April 1 marks the beginning of Rosacea Awareness Month. Dr. Gasch, who suffers from rosacea himself, takes a moment to draw attention to this extremely common and frustrating condition.

“While rosacea is believed to affect more than 16 million Americans, the National Rosacea Society estimates that as few as 10% are actually being treated for it,” reports Dr. Gasch. “This is why Rosacea Awareness Month is so important – to encourage those living with Rosacea to seek treatment for the first time.”

“Rosacea is a condition that affects many patients both physically and emotionally. Beyond the hallmark symptoms of facial redness and swelling, rosacea can hinder a patient’s confidence and self-esteem.” Dr. Gasch went on to cite additional symptoms, including small bumps resembling pimples as well as a burning sensation on the face, among others.

Emphasizing the importance of seeking qualified dermatological care, Dr. Gasch explained how rosacea can be effectively treated today. “While there is currently no cure for rosacea, there are new ways to manage the condition. We begin by identifying a patient’s ‘triggers’, which are lifestyle factors that can cause a rosacea flare-up. Common triggers include stress, sun exposure, among others. “In terms of treatments for rosacea, many patients benefit from a combination of oral and topical medications, as well as laser and light treatments.”

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) released a statement on the importance of this month-long effort. “During Rosacea Awareness Month and throughout the year, the NRS conducts public education activities to reach the millions of rosacea sufferers who may not realize they have a medical condition that can be effectively treated, emphasizing the warning signs and urging those who suspect they may have rosacea to see a dermatologist”.

These sentiments are echoed by Dr. Gasch. “Patients living with rosacea need to understand that they are not alone, and that effective and innovative treatments are available to them. During this upcoming month, I encourage these patients to consult with a caring board-certified dermatologist to take a proactive role in managing their rosacea skin concerns and symptoms.”