Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that commonly affects the face. Rosacea worsens with time if left untreated. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, around 14 million Americans struggle with rosacea.
There are 4 different types of rosacea:
Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: redness, flushing, visible blood vessels
Papulopustular rosacea: redness, swelling, acne-like breakouts
Phymatous rosacea: thickening of the skin with bumpy texture
Ocular rosacea: irritated, red eyes, which can also be swollen (may resemble signs of a stye)
The cause of rosacea is unknown, but it could be due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors, along with abnormalities in the blood vessels. Rosacea is not caused by poor hygiene, and it is not contagious.
Other possible triggers of rosacea include:
● Temperature extremes
● Emotional stress
● Sunlight or wind exposure
● Heavy alcohol consumption
● Hot/spicy food or beverages
● Medications that dilate blood vessels, such as some blood pressure medications
Anyone can develop rosacea, but it is more common in middle aged women with fair skin.
Rosacea can be treated with the use of prescription topicals, orals, and procedures available at our offices. Common therapy may include antibiotics, and topical medications such as Rhofade (for facial redness).
VBeam Laser or Aerolase Laser may also be used to help treat the redness, or acne lesions associated with this chronic condition.
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