What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin disease that contributes to redness, inflammation, and flushing of the skin, most commonly on the cheeks, nose, and chin. This condition can further cause broken capillaries and acne of the face.
What causes Rosacea?
Rosacea tends to run in families and can be passed down. It is most common amongst men and women ages 30-50, fair-skinned, light-eyed people, and those who have a history of acne and cystic acne. Studies also show it is linked to the immune system and infections, but scientists are still working on the official cause.
There are varying subtypes of Rosacea which can range from mild redness and inflammation to thickening of the skin, acne-like breakouts, or breakouts in the eyes (ocular rosacea). While symptoms and severities vary, it can all be frustrating, worrisome, or embarrassing for patients.
What can I do?
A dermatologist or Derm PA can assess and diagnose this skin disease and provide treatment options to combat symptoms. As of now, there is no official cure for the disease, but there are many options for easing discomfort and calmING side effects. For example, topical creams, ointments, or steroids may be necessary or recommended. Your provider will also discuss the importance of sunscreen protection, as the sun will always contribute to sensitivity and flare-ups. Your triggers will also be reviewed to create a new skin regimen and know what products, foods, and environmental factors to avoid. Common triggers include excessive heat or cold wind, spicy foods, alcohol, and harsh or heavily fragrant products.
In-office clinical treatments such as IPL (intense pulsed light) can also work to significantly reduce symptoms and control background redness. While it cannot fully cure the condition, it can suppress these visual side effects and improve confidence. Speak with your dermatologist or a Cosmetic Consultant to determine if IPL is right for you and discuss treatment plans.