Have you been spotting patches of redness, visible blood vessels, or small pus-filled bumps on your face? These symptoms are easy to mistake as acne, an allergic reaction, or other skin problems. But they may indicate that you have rosacea. Pronounced ros-ZAY-she-uh, this condition can occur in anyone, but is most often seen in middle-aged women with fair skin. Though there’s no cure and its causes are unclear, laser and IPL treatment can manage its symptoms.
The most visible symptom of rosacea is large red patches on your nose and cheeks. For some people, additional symptoms can occur, including bumps and pimples that are similar to acne. About half of cases include dry, irritated, and swollen eyes. In rare cases, rosacea causes the skin on the nose to thicken, resulting in a round, bulbous appearance. This symptom occurs in men more often than women.
Rosacea appears to be caused by a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. It tends to run in families, and is more prevalent in women and those over age 30. Factors such as hot drinks and spicy foods, alcohol, or exercise can trigger or aggravate rosacea because they increase blood flow to the skin.
Rosacea can be addressed through a number of lifestyle changes, as well as medications and laser treatments.
Laser-based procedures including IPL can reduce facial redness by bringing down the swelling of blood vessels. However, the treatment may need to be repeated to maintain your skin’s appearance. For a medication-based approach, many of the creams, gels, and drugs that are prescribed are the same ones used to fight acne. You can apply a topical gel or cream for mild to moderate cases, but the effects will be temporary, so the medication needs to be applied regularly. For moderate to severe cases that include bumps and pimples, your doctor may prescribe an oral antibiotic such as doxycycline.
You can also lessen the frequency of rosacea outbreaks by identifying your triggers (hot food, alcohol, etc.) and avoiding them. Make sure to use sunscreen and moisturizer, and refrain from touching or rubbing your face too much.
Though rosacea is a chronic condition, there’s a lot you and your doctor can do to minimize its effects. Contact Premier Wellness and Aesthetics Center to see how we can treat your rosacea.