Do you struggle with rosacea? This common skin disease affects people over the age of 30, causing redness on nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. Some people get bumps and pimples on these red areas of the face. It can also cause burning and soreness in your eyes. For some, rosacea can prevent the feeling of confidence in work or social settings.
There is no definitive cause linked to rosacea. Something irritates the skin, but it doesn’t seem to be a bacterial infection. It generally affects adults with fair skin or those that blush easily, and it appears to run in families.
Medical tests are not usually needed to confirm the presence of rosacea, as it can be detected by the pattern of redness on a face. In the past, it was thought to be caused by alcohol abuse, but this is not true. However, for those that already have rosacea, consuming alcohol may cause the symptoms to worsen.
Rosacea can flare up when something causes facial blood vessels to expand, which causes redness. Triggers (that cause flare ups) include exercise, sun and wind exposure, hot weather, stress, spicy foods, alcohol, and hot baths. Sudden temperature changes from hot to cold or cold to hot can also cause flare ups.
Symptoms include a flushed, red face with sensitive dry skin that may burn or sting; small bumps and pimples or breakouts resembling acne; skin that gets coarse and thicker with a bumpy texture; and dry, red, irritated eyes. Rarely, untreated rosacea may cause permanent effects like thickening of facial skin or vision loss. It could also cause knobby bumps on the nose, or give the nose a swollen, waxy look. Fortunately, most cases of rosacea don’t progress this far.
With treatment, most rosacea suffers can control symptoms and keep the disease from worsening.
Treatments include pills, such as low dose antibiotics like doxycycline, medicine containing skin creams, laser treatment called intense pulsed light (we do this here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado), moisturizers and sunscreen, and eye drops, depending on the symptoms.
Rosacea flare ups can be reduced by the following: controlling symptoms, finding triggers, protecting your face from the sun, being gentle with your skin (by using sensitive skin care products like Lira) and taking care of your eyes.
To learn more about treatment for rosacea, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation. We pride ourselves on being able to recommend treatment and products for almost any budget!