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Rosacea


What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and blood vessels to appear on the face and may also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps. These signs and symptoms may flare up for weeks to months and then diminish for a while. Rosacea is often mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction, or other skin conditions, but with a comprehensive evaluation by a dermatologist, it can be diagnosed and treated.
 
Who gets rosacea?
While rosacea can occur in anyone, it most commonly affects middle-aged women who have fair skin. The cause of rosacea is unknown, but it is likely due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors.

Rosacea can be triggered or aggravated by several factors, such as:

  • Alcohol
  • Certain medications
  • Chilly weather
  • Cosmetics
  • Emotional stress
  • Hot baths
  • Hot beverages
  • Hot weather
  • Spicy foods
  • Strenuous exercise or activities
  • Sunlight exposure
  • Wind


What are some common signs of rosacea?

  • Facial redness:  A persistent redness in the central part of the face is the most common symptom of rosacea.  Small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks swell and become more visible.
  • Swollen red bumps: Pimples on the face that resemble acne and sometimes contain pus. The skin may also feel hot and tender.
  • Eye problems: Dryness, irritation, swollen, reddened eyelids.  Eye symptoms may precede the skin issues.
  • Enlarged nose: In rare cases, the skin on the nose thickens, causing the nose to appear enlarged (rhinophyma); occurs more often in men than in women.


How is rosacea managed?
Rosacea can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life both personally and professionally, causing anxiety and self-consciousness. Although rosacea cannot be cured, several different treatment options are available to help control and reduce the signs and symptoms.

Depending on individual needs, medical therapies include topical and oral prescription medications and/or laser treatments. In addition, identifying and controlling or avoiding the triggers of rosacea is important to minimizing flare-ups.   
 
If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your rosacea with one our providers, we will be happy to sit down with you to create an individualized treatment plan that best addresses your concerns and allows you to achieve the best possible outcome. 

Clear Dermatology & Aesthetics Center and Valley of the Sun Dermatology are proud members of the National Rosacea Society.


 

 
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