Rosacea Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments!

Rosacea Signs, Symptoms, & Treatments!

Rosacea Signs & Symptoms

Do you experience flushing or persistent redness on your cheeks?  Is the redness associated with acne?  You may have a chronic inflammatory condition called rosacea. Many people with rosacea experience flushing or redness in their cheeks from certain triggers such as alcohol, spicy food or even heat from cooking or the sun. Rosacea affects 10% of fair skinned people with a peak incidence between the ages of 40-50 years. 

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea may be related to an immune reaction to bacteria causing acne like lesions along with an increased reactivity of capillaries causing flushing and telangiectasias or tiny visible blood vessels.  It may also be related to overgrowth of demodex on the skin.  Some affected with rosacea can have thickening of their skin on their nose or even redness and irritation in their eyes.  As dermatologists, we can evaluate and diagnosis rosacea in a clinical setting.  A treatment plan is tailored to the individual and can involve topical or oral medications as well as laser treatments.  The treatment plan is focused on reducing the severity of flushing or flaring, decreasing the frequency of flares, and preventing rosacea from worsening overall.

Having rosacea can cause more sensitivity to your skin for products or even sun exposure.  It is critical to use the right products in your daily skin regimen and incorporate the use of daily spf.  Many with rosacea may know their triggers and learn to avoid them to reduce flaring as well.

Rosacea Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea, but with the right treatment plan the condition can be successfully controlled to allow one to look and feel better about their skin. Schedule a consultation with one of our providers to discuss the right treatment options today!