Rosacea is often mistaken for a natural “ruddiness” and treatment is often delayed for years, if not decades. It’s actually a chronic skin condition that affects over 16 million people. Anyone can develop Rosacea, but it is most common among middle-aged women.
In its mildest form, Rosacea causes a flush look to the face – some liken it to the appearance of blushing. The reddening of the skin can be most apparent on the cheeks and nose, but it can appear on any part of the face. It can also cause the blood vessels in your face to be more visible and create tiny pus-filled bumps.
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Rosacea is a common skin condition that produces a reddening of the facial skin, combined with other symptoms like raised patches, excessively oily or dry skin, broken blood vessels visible through the skin, skin sensitivity, and pus-filled bumps.
There are various subtypes of Rosacea, and the severity of the condition varies widely. It may be mistaken for acne or a variety of other skin conditions because it can produce tiny pus-filled bumps, and in some forms of the condition, much more serious full-blown breakouts.
The cause of Rosacea is unknown, but it is linked to certain risk factors, including:
There are certain things that exacerbate the condition, as well. Some people experience a worsening of symptoms when eating spicy food or foods containing cinnamon or chocolate, or caffeinated drinks like coffee or tea. Citrus fruits and tomatoes are sometimes problematic. Infections like H. Pylori or Demodex, and others, can trigger symptoms, as can a variety of chemicals, medications, and other substances.
There are several different subtypes of Rosacea, and you can suffer from more than one subtype at a time. Generally, all forms of Rosacea will include some variety of the following classic symptoms:
There is also a form of Rosacea that affects the eyes. Symptoms of Ocular Rosacea include bloodshot eyes, dry or watering eyes, sensitivity to light, burning or stinging, reduced vision, gritty sensation in eyes, broken blood vessels visible on eyelids, or even cysts.
Rosacea can easily be diagnosed by a physical examination of the skin along with review of your medical history. If there is any question as to whether you might have another skin condition, any necessary tests will be conducted to rule out any other diagnosis.
We may conduct tests to determine the role of potential triggers in symptom flare-ups, like food allergies.
Although there is no cure for rosacea, our team utilizes a variety of treatment options to control the condition and reduce your symptoms. Our aesthetic specialists will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. Treatments can range from the use of antibiotic creams or oral antibiotics on one end of the spectrum to specific lifestyle modifications that will naturally help control your symptoms. We may also recommend the following therapies which have been helpful for our other Rosacea patients:
Before your consultation, it may be helpful to keep a journal of the foods you eat and supplements you take, along with cosmetics and care products you use for skin and hair. Also, please compile a checklist of your symptoms, current and past, and any triggers you may have noted.