If your skin flushes easily and you’re noticing redness on your face, you may be developing rosacea. Rosacea is a very common skin condition that usually lasts a lifetime. Understanding the condition and how to treat it will give you great peace of mind.
There are four different types of Rosacea, and they all look and behave differently:
Rosacea can affect anyone, but some people seem to be more susceptible to the disease than others. As with other skin conditions, people with fair skin are more likely to develop rosacea. Rosacea typically begins when a person is between 30 and 50 years old, but it can appear at almost any time. Women are a bit more likely to develop rosacea, with menopause often being a trigger. The silver lining for women is that, while they are more likely to develop rosacea, generally men seem to experience the more severe cases. People with Northern European descent are more likely to develop rosacea, and if the condition runs in your family, you are more likely to get it than someone with no family history. Also, if you’ve suffered from moderate to severe acne or have always been one to flush or blush easily, you’re more likely to develop rosacea.
Ultimately, any person of any age or race can get rosacea, but there are some traits that increase your predisposition. If you have any of these traits, and you think you might be experiencing rosacea, speak with a Northeast Dermatology Associates provider today. Treating rosacea early and effectively will go a long way to lessen your symptoms.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea. It’s not something that typically clears up on its own, and you may go through outbreaks where the symptoms are more intense. A few small lifestyle changes can go a long way in preventing future rosacea outbreaks. Practice good sun protection practices by using SPF 30 sunscreen or higher, and avoid the midday sun. Wearing hats, sunglasses, and other clothes that protect your skin from the sun can also help to prevent rosacea.
Some cases of rosacea can have triggers, including becoming overheated, exposing the face to low temperatures, or even eating spicy foods. Alcohol, most commonly red wine, can also lead to flare ups. It can be very helpful to keep a diary of your rosacea flare ups and take note of events or factors that may have led to it. Rosacea is a mysterious condition and some people may not ever determine a trigger, and for others, the trigger may always cause the flareup.
Finally, as with acne and other facial skin conditions, practicing good skin hygiene with mild skincare products and a gentle touch will help ease rosacea. Harsh chemicals and excessive scrubbing can both contribute to rosacea outbreaks.
If these changes don’t keep rosacea under control, there are medical treatments that your dermatologist can recommend. The simplest treatment option for rosacea is an oral antibiotic. These medications work by targeting and reducing bacteria in the face that could be responsible for your rosacea.
When rosacea causes causes acne or acne like pustules to form on your skin, drugs prescribed to treat acne can help with your symptoms. One such drug called Isotretinoin, is most commonly prescribed in the event of acne-like rosacea, or in the event of other extreme cases of the disease. This drug works by reducing the production of sebum, or oil, in the skin. With less oil, pores are less likely to be clogged and form pimples.
If your symptoms are cosmetic and your rosacea doesn’t cause you discomfort, there are options for reducing redness. Laser therapy targets and helps heal broken blood vessels that cause skin to become red. Certain anti-inflammatory drugs can also help reduce redness and any possible skin swelling caused by the condition. Some options including brimonidine or oxymetazoline/Rhofade and is applied to the affected area, and works by reducing the appearance of rosacea by constricting blood vessels.
Rosacea can be hard on your skin and your confidence. Reach out to your dermatologist if you suspect you may have rosacea, or if you are hoping to explore your treatment options.