Clinical studies have suggested that rosacea may occur up to three times more frequently in women than in men. But the effects on men with rosacea shouldn’t be overlooked, especially in matters of the nose.
A study of more than 2,000 patients, both men and women experienced rosacea symptoms on their chin, cheeks and forehead. However, men were more than twice as likely to experience an enlarged nose in a condition known as rhinophyma, also classified as subtype 3 of rosacea. Symptoms of this subtype include excess tissue, thickening of the skin and irregular surface nodules. In contrast, women were more likely than men to experience symptoms on their chin and cheeks.
A red, inflamed nose can be unsightly, and men who suffer from this condition may also have another issue to face: the assumption that they are heavy drinkers. Although drinking alcohol may aggravate rosacea symptoms in some, even those who abstain from drinking may develop the disorder. Fortunately today, rhinophyma can be corrected with procedures such as laser surgery.
Unlike women, who can cover up their signs and symptoms with makeup, many men do not consider cosmetics to be an option and have to face the world with their rosacea symptoms on display. In addition, men face a unique skincare challenge that women don’t have to consider: shaving. Dulled razor blades can aggravate sensitive skin, so it is recommended that men with rosacea switch to an electric razor. Men should also test a new shaving cream or aftershave on a small patch of skin to avoid any that cause irritation. They should also use a rosacea cream with rehydrating properties and ability to reduce permanent red areas, flushing and blushing and thread veins.
In a survey of over 1,000 rosacea patients they found that 60 percent of all sufferers and 88 percent of those who were reporting severe symptoms said that having rosacea had negatively affected their interactions with others in the workplace. Male and female patients alike have reported feeling embarrassment, depression, anxiety and isolation as a result of their condition.
Fortunately, more than 64 percent of all respondents reported that effective treatment of their rosacea had improved their interactions with others in the workplace.
While men and women may differ in their signs and symptoms of rosacea, more research is needed to further understand the differences between the sexes. They do have one thing in common, needing a proper skin-care regimen, which is proven to prevent and reduce permanent red areas, flushing, blushing and also thread veins.
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