When you see your face, do you notice an accentuated blushing or inflammation? Maybe white heads that look almost exactly like acne? These symptoms all point to rosacea, which most commonly flares up when it’s been aggravated by:
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The symptoms of Rosacea, a chronic disorder, include inflammation around the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, or eyelids, and may cause redness, prominent blood vessels, swelling, or skin eruptions similar to acne.
Rosacea can affect anybody of any race, age, and gender. No one knows the cause of it, but it occurs most often in fair skin people, typically Northern Europeans. It appears most commonly between ages 30 and 50, and in particular in individuals who blush easily. Rosacea most commonly affects women, perhaps due to makeup and other topical applications, but when it affects men the condition is usually more severe, sometimes developing into rhinophyma nose (an extreme case of rosacea that creates a large mass at the bottom of the nose) with deep cysts.
Since rosacea is inflammation of the skin, the endpoint is dryness. We first treat the inflammation to try to eliminate the condition, and we start by targeting topical proinflammatory factors. Patients usually see some improvement once harmful aggravators are eliminated. When Rosacea flares up due to hot weather or stress, we might prescribe medication for a limited time. A gentle, non-chemical based moisturizer and cleanser are strongly recommended.
There is no known permanent cure for rosacea, but we can control the redness and inflammation. We treat skin eruptions with a variety of agents including oral & topical antibiotics, topical anti-inflammatories, and other agents with our long-term, 5+ week treatment of oral antibiotics. If you have damaged blood vessels, which look like red squiggly lines (technically called telangiectasia) due to the inflammation, we use laser treatments to reduce the redness.
Rosacea is not difficult to treat, so don’t hesitate to address it head-on. We have many different, individualized treatment options that are available for you. We make sure to treat each specific type of rosacea depending on the patient’s needs.