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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.”

In support of the month-long effort, he National Rosacea Society (NRS) released a statement on the importance of public education about the condition.  “Research into possible causes of rosacea continues to grow, and as a result, so do the treatment options. Recognizing that rosacea is a manageable medical condition is the first step for those individuals who feel the sting of a stranger’s stare, or unintentionally disturbing comment.”

Dr. Gasch thoroughly agrees with this statement. “It is very important for patients living with rosacea to realize that they are not alone, and that there are many innovative treatments that will help them manage their symptoms. I know from experience how difficult living with rosacea can be, so I look forward to helping patients with rosacea live a better life.”

Interested in Learning More About Treating Rosacea?

For more information about rosacea, or any dermatology service we provide, contact the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery to schedule an appointment with any of our providers. We have two offices conveniently located at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland as well as in Hillsboro, and we can be reached at 503-297-3440.