Rosacea

Rosacea is a stubborn condition affecting many adults particularly those in sunny climate such as Southern California. If you are a loved one seek to achieve clears get in in more confidence in your appearance, call us or make an appointment online today.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition with redness and flushing to the face. It commonly develops in individuals between the ages of 30 and 50. Scientists don’t yet fully understand why rosacea happens. Many things are known to cause it such as ultraviolet light exposure, microbial exposure such as mites, vascular changes that occur with aging process, and triggers such as spicy foods, wine, or high temperature drinks such as coffee.

Individuals with lighter skin types you have been exposed to warm, sunny climate such as Orange County have a much higher risk of developing rosacea.

There are four main types of Rosacea:

  • Erythematous - persistent redness, small veins, and flushing of the face
  • Papulopustular - lesions that look like acne
  • Phymatous – useful thickening in enlargement of the nose
  • Ocular - persistent redness and dryness of the eyes

Since rosacea appears mostly on the face, many people mistakenly think it is just cosmetic. However, it is important to recognize that the disease can have other social and psychological impacts, may signal an underlying disease that has not been diagnosed yet or impact your quality-of-life. Many medications and office visits with your dermatologist to treat rosacea are covered by insurance plans.

Who gets Rosacea?

Rosacea happens most frequently for adults in their 30’s to 50’s who develop facial redness and bumps. Anyone can get rosacea but typically appears in females before does in men.

The 14 million Americans have rosacea. For many it comes and goes particularly they are exposed to triggers. Triggers are things that cause rosacea to flare by increasing blood flow to the face.

These include:

  • Sunlight
  • Hot drinks such as coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Temperature extremes
  • Emotional stress
  • Spicy food
  • Axercise
  • Some prescription medications

Can Rosacea be cured?

Identifying and minimizing exposure to triggers is the first step towards clearing your skin. Protecting your skin from sun exposure with a broad spectrum sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat is also important. Reviewing skincare products to avoid anything that could here take your skin and using a mild cleanser followed by a high quality moisturizer to your face.

Cold compresses and gel mask may help those to acutely flaring.

Fortunately, there are also many different types of treatments available to help those affected by rosacea. Some of these are covered by insurance plans and some are cosmetic treatments to further clear the skin. Topical and oral antibiotics such as metronidazole, sulfur and doxycycline can be effective. Vitamins such as zinc have been found to be helpful as well.

Several lasers such as the pulse dye laser have been found to be extremely effective for reducing facial redness and small veins on the face and nose. Surgical treatments are also available to help those who have developed an enlarged nose (Rhinophyma)

When should I see a dermatologist?

If you or a loved one to have facial redness that will not clear with avoidance of triggers and over-the-counter creams, Golden Coast Dermatology, Skin Cancer, and Vein Center could greatly help clear your skin.

Call us today or make an appointment online to see how we can

help you achieve clearer skin and more confidence in your appearance.

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