Rosacea is a skin condition which occurs along the face and is a chronic condition. It is typically seen along the middle of the face including the cheek, nose, chin, and forehead. It is classically thought of as being a variety of symptoms including redness (erythema), prominent blood vessels (telangiectasia), oily skin, large pores, and facial flushing.
Rosacea is often underdiagnosed. It is thought to be about 10% of US population has Rosacea in some form.
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory process which is caused by a variety of triggers. Some of the known inciting factors for rosacea include:
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Recently researchers at the University of Illinois discovered how to view live cells with a new technique which is called white-light diffraction tomography. This allows scientists to see cells in three dimension and see how cells respond in their native tissues. This technology may allow the study of new insight of how our bodies interact with surroundings and the outside world opening up a world of new possibilities. Seeing the cellular world and all of its interactions will allow for us to study how environmental factors and certain drugs affect us like never before.
Approximately one person dies every hour from melanoma. Remember this summer, and during the other seasons too, to protect your skin from harmful rays which can lead to an increased risk in melanoma occurrence.
Melanoma can occur in any skin color. Famous reggae singer Bob Marley died from a version of melanoma called acral melanoma. It is important to see your physician and let him or her know if you note any irregular pigmentation. Whatever skin type you are, you must protect yourself from the sun and look for skin irregularities.
Have fun this summer but try and protect yourself and those around you.