What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and blood vessels to appear on your face. It may also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps. These signs and symptoms may flare up for weeks to months and then diminish for a while. Rosacea is often mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction, or other skin conditions, so it is important to have a comprehensive skin evaluation by one of our providers.
Who gets Rosacea?
While rosacea can occur in anyone, it most commonly affects middle-aged women who have fair skin. The cause of rosacea is unknown, but it is likely due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. In addition, a number of factors can trigger and aggravate rosacea. Some of these factors include:
What are some common signs of Rosacea?
- Spicy foods
- Hot beverages
- Hot Weather
- Cold Weather
- Hot baths
- Sunlight exposure
- Emotional Stress
- Heavy Exercise
- Certain medications
- Rosacea most commonly causes a persistent redness in the central part of your face. Patients with rosacea also commonly develop small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks, which tend to swell and become visible.
Swollen red bumps.
- Many people who have rosacea also develop pimples on their face that resemble acne. These bumps sometimes contain pus. Your skin may also feel hot and tender.
- A large percentage of people who have rosacea also experience eye dryness, irritation and swollen, reddened eyelids. In some people, rosacea's eye symptoms precede the skin symptoms.
How can I manage my Rosacea?
- Although rare, rosacea can thicken the skin on the nose, causing the nose to appear enlarged (rhinophyma). This occurs more often in men than in women.
Rosacea can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life, causing anxiety in both their social and work life. Although there isn’t a cure for rosacea, there are several different treatment options to help control and reduce the signs and symptoms of your rosacea. Depending on your individual needs, medical therapies include topical and oral prescription medications. We also offer laser treatment with our V-beam pulsed dye laser which helps to reduce the redness of the enlarged blood vessels. In addition to medical therapy, you can help improve your conditions by identifying and avoiding lifestyle and environmental factors that may trigger flare-ups.
If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your rosacea with one our providers, we will be happy to sit down with you to create an individualized treatment plan that best addresses your concerns and allows you to achieve the best possible outcome.
Clear Dermatology & Aesthetics Center is a proud member of the National Rosacea Society.