Before we address the elephant in the room, let’s talk about what Rosacea is, and who it affects. The condition has obviously been around for as long as humans have had skin, and with that being the case, it only makes sense that at least some of us would be affected by it.
The doctor who addresses such an issue of course would be a dermatologist — a physician that deals mainly with the skin rather than other parts of the body.
While a general practitioner may be able to diagnose you with Rosacea, you will want to make sure you have an expert providing treatment, as well as offering potential causes for the initial breakout.
One of the most popular theories(though unproven) is that this is a condition wherein the facial blood vessels begin to expand, thereby creating a redness across the surface of the face.
This can appear to be anything from a set of flushed cheeks, to an unnatural looking redness that manages to scorch one or both sides of the face. In many cases, it might even appear to be acne, even though that is not the case. The biggest question you might have, is who does it affect, and why?
It has long been thought that Rosacea is caused by genetics, but this too is an unproven theory. The truth, of course, is that no one knows the true cause behind Rosacea, and with that being the case, a considerable amount of research has gone into it.
This however, is not the information that you came for. What you did come for, of course, is to find out whether or not Rosacea will make you ugly, which we will address in two parts.
First of all, beauty is entirely in the eye of the beholder. When people see you suffering from this condition they may judge, and they may make comments, but when they do, you will have to ask yourself if these are the people you really want to spend your time with.
All in all, everyone has their own problems, and those who judge others may simply have low self esteem. This, however, is a pep talk that you have likely heard a million times and are in no mood to hear again.
While most cases of Rosacea will not change your outward appearance at an extreme level, if it is left untreated, or aggravated, some unwanted results could easily emerge.
For example, Rosacea untreated could begin to create the appearance of oily skin, eventually causing some swelling around the eyes. In addition to that, it may create the unsightly bulbous nose that cases of Rosacea are most known for.
The bottom line here is that yes, untreated Rosacea can change your appearance significantly, and it will undoubtedly hit your self esteem where it hurts. At that point you need to choose how it affects you, and what you are going to do about it. The simple truth that we like to live by is that no person is ugly, aside from the ridiculous standards that society sets.
If you feel that you need to do something about it, in an effort to regain your old appearance, then now might be a great time to visit a dermatologist. Your dermatologist will be able to diagnose your condition, and offer a course of treatment that may not entirely eliminate your Rosacea, but rather help to tone it down, and live a normal life.
Something to keep in mind is that in teenagers, Rosacea can actually be detected before the outbreaks begin to occur.
The dermatologist will be able to recognize the early warning signs such as easily reddening skin, and skin that flushes much longer than it should. In the end, this condition is very treatable, as you will find, and it is possible for you to live a normal life.
The most important thing to remember is that you are you, and there is no one else like you. Your body, your looks, and your conditions make you unique among all others, and this is something to be proud of!
Your condition, no matter how advance it might happen to be, should only affect you slightly. What most people tend to notice when dealing with you is your personality and your level of confidence.
If you allow your Rosacea to consume you, then that is all that others will see when they look at you — this is not a favorable outcome. Be yourself, be confident, and be whoever you would be if you were not afflicted with this disease while seeking out the necessary treatment.
With advances in technology, we are getting closer and closer to finding permanent solutions for this condition. Continue consulting your dermatologist, and see what you can find out! If you are ready to stop worrying about your skin and start worrying about the way you are living your life, then you should know that you are not alone.
There are plenty of others out there who suffer from Rosacea, and as such you can usually count on various support groups whether online or offline to help get you through the hard times. A simple internet search will give you the information you need, and soon enough you will be in contact with others suffering from the same ailment. You are not alone, and you are most certainly not ugly!