April is Rosacea Awareness Month, so we want to do our part to help people understand this commonly misunderstood condition. About 16 million people in the US suffer from rosacea and don’t even know it. Although no cure exists for rosacea, the symptoms can be treated and controlled. Learn how to recognize and treat the warning signs.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea (roh-ZAY-sha) is a chronic skin condition characterized by uneven facial redness, swelling, skin irritation, and small bumps that can form eruptions similar to acne. Rosacea often flares up on the cheeks due to chemical-based sunblock, wine or other alcohol, anything that causes a normal blush, spices, caffeine, or inexpensive makeup and skincare products. Some patients experience watery, irritated eyes. Rosacea can go into remission, only to flare up again several weeks later.
If left untreated, the condition will usually get worse, starting from a reddish complexion and slowly grow more persistent and extend to greater areas, such as the nose, chin, and forehead. Some may even notice tiny blood vessels appear. In extreme cases, it can develop into rhinophyma, a rare skin disorder often called “bulbous nose” or “phymatous rosacea” that is distinguished by a large, red, bumpy nose.
Who Can Be Affected By Rosacea?
Although anyone can develop rosacea, fair-skinned people seem to be especially affected by it. Those who blush often also commonly experience rosacea flare-ups. Women experience rosacea more commonly than men, perhaps due to their use of makeup and inexpensive skin products. When men encounter the condition, it’s often more severe because they neglect to find treatment early on.
Treatment Options for Rosacea
Each patient’s experience with rosacea is different, so it’s important to seek the advice of a dermatologist who can give you an individualized treatment plan. Make sure you seek help in the early stages before the condition has time to spread and grow worse.
Because it is a chronic disease, rosacea has no cure, but many effective treatment options exist to help counteract the symptoms. Our treatment options usually include one or more of the following:
Non-Chemical Based Makeup Moisturizers & Cleansers
VBeam Perfecta Laser Treatments
Radiance & Rosacea Peel
Topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatories reduce pain and swelling of the target area by blocking COX enzymes, which are responsible for the modulation of inflammation. The VBeam Perfecta Laser treatment rejuvenates the skin by increasing collagen production and targeting tiny blood vessels resulting from advanced rosacea.
For more specific treatment options, contact us and we’ll be able to determine your next steps to treat rosacea!