Do you have facial redness that flares up unexpectedly, perhaps accompanied by small pus-filled bumps or dry, flaky skin? Are your eyes frequently bloodshot or dry? You could have a medical condition called rosacea. It’s important to have a diagnosis by a board certified dermatologist, because rosacea is often mistaken for acne, eczema, or a rash. Without treatment, or with incorrect care, rosacea can worsen and leave scarring.

In technical terminology, rosacea is a chronic condition characterized by follicular and vascular dilation, usually on the cheeks and nose. It can progress to the skin on the chest, or lead to ocular rosacea, affecting the eyes. The exact causes are not yet known, but are believed to be a combination of issues including atypical inflammatory response, skin bacteria, sun damage, microscopic mites, irritation of hair follicles, and stress – all related to augmented blood flow. It is not contagious, but there is evidence that heredity plays a role, and ethnicity is definitely a factor, as rosacea is most common among those of Irish and English descent.

Flare-ups are usually triggered by activities that result in increased blood flow caused by:
  • Hot baths or showers
  • Sun exposure
  • Emotional stress or blushing
  • Exposure to very hot or cold weather and wind
  • Intense exercise
  • Hot beverages, caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods
While, at this time, there is no cure for rosacea, great advances have been made in dermatological treatment and management. Our doctors evaluate each patient’s skin type and unique situation to tailor treatments and keep breakouts under control. Patients may be asked to make small changes to their environment and lifestyle to help avoid rosacea triggers and provide aesthetic guidance on using high-quality cosmetics to camouflage redness. Prescription topical treatments, gentle skin care, and moisturizers keep troubled skin in good condition and help prevent permanent rosacea damage – thickening of the skin and connective tissues.

The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of oral antibiotics can calm more severe cases of “acne rosacea” or ocular involvement. Our board certified dermatologists use state-of-the-art laser and light therapies for rosacea patients to reduce redness and visible blood vessels.

If you have rosacea, be assured that you aren’t alone. Schedule a consultation today to talk with one of our doctors about a treatment plan to manage it effectively.

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