Dermatologist in New Orleans, LA area describes RosaceaBy Dr. Mary Lupo
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition that results in red, flushed skin of the face. Approximately 16 million Americans are diagnosed with this condition and may experience redness, dilated blood vessels, and small red bumps on their skin. More severe cases of rosacea may also be characterized by cysts and irritated, red eyes.
It is best that patients with rosacea get a proper diagnosis and learn more about the condition to understand that it’s not just a condition that causes easy blushing or sensitive skin. Rosacea is a chronic condition that cannot be cured, but may be controlled. No one can “outgrow” rosacea, and though it can begin during the teenager years, it continues into adulthood. It is commonly seen on patients with fair skin, especially those with Irish, Scottish, and English backgrounds.
Individuals with rosacea can speak to a board certified dermatologist such as Dr. Mary Lupo of the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology to learn more about the condition and how to reduce flare-ups. Patients with rosacea will want to avoid certain activities and products to keep the condition from becoming worse. Some common triggers of rosacea may include:
- Certain foods, including cheeses, chocolate, beans, citrus fruits and sweets
- Beverages including alcohol, hot chocolate, coffee, and tea
- Emotional changes, including additional stress and anxiety
- Physical exertion such as exercising and lifting
- Temperature changes including hot baths, saunas, and other warm environments
- Weather-related triggers including cold, sun, winds, and humidity
- Medications including topical steroids and vasodilators
- Certain skin care products such as those which include witch hazel, alcohol, and acetone.