Rosacea is a long-term inflammatory skin condition that causes rashes and skin to redden on the nose and cheeks. The symptoms tend to come and go and are often triggered by sun exposure, stress, an overactive immune system or environmental factors. For some people it can even be triggered through hot or spicy food.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common chronic skin condition characterized by facial redness, dilated blood vessels, and sometimes bumps or pimples. It typically affects the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin. It most commonly appears in fair-skinned people between the ages of 30 and 50. Although rosacea cannot be cured, there are treatments available to manage its symptoms. These include topical medications to reduce redness and swelling, antibiotics to control bacterial infection, laser therapy to reduce the appearance of broken blood vessels and other skin changes caused by rosacea, as well as lifestyle modifications such as avoiding triggers like alcohol consumption or stressful situations. With appropriate treatment and lifestyle modifications rosacea can often be managed successfully.
If you suspect that you may have rosacea, it is important to discuss your symptoms. Please call us to schedule an appointment. The longer rosacea goes untreated, the more severe the condition can become and the harder it can be to manage. We will evaluate your condition and recommend treatments that will help get it under control.
Additionally, there are many ways to take care of rosacea-prone skin at home. This includes gentle cleansing with non-irritating products and using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day. Some people find that lubricating the face twice daily helps keep the skin moisturized and reduce flare-ups. It is also important to identify rosacea triggers and make adjustments as needed in order to reduce flares.
By taking steps to manage rosacea, you can help reduce its symptoms and live a more comfortable life. Stay informed about rosacea and speak with your healthcare provider for additional advice on how to best care for this skin condition.