Characterized by red and inflamed skin, rosacea, a chronic skin condition, affects men and women of all ages. Because it resembles acne and most often appears on the face, rosacea can be a cause of embarrassment and discomfort for many patients. If you suffer from rosacea, talk to your dermatologist about treatment options to help you manage your skin.
In addition to redness, inflammation and soreness around the eyes, more severe rosacea symptoms may present themselves as the condition progresses. Skin redness can worsen with exposure to the sun or heat, and the condition can also cause papules or pustules, blemishes that often leave scarring. Older patients may also develop rhinophyma, an uneven swelling of the nose that is caused by the hardening of skin.
Rosacea may be worsened by certain triggers that can vary among patients. Sun exposure is the most common trigger that patients report. Other common factors that may irritate the skin are spicy foods, hot weather, cosmetics, and stress. If you suffer from rosacea, keep a log of your triggers to discuss with your dermatologist and to learn how to manage your environment and triggers.
Patients with rosacea should talk with their dermatologist to see which rosacea treatment is appropriate for them. Although it is not curable, rosacea can be managed through lifestyle changes and a customized skincare regimen. Your dermatologist may recommend mild cleansers and moisturizers to soothe the skin; avoid harsh exfoliators and products containing alcohol that may aggravate your condition. Prescription medications may also help to reduce inflammation and are available in oral and topical mediums.
For more information about treating or managing rosacea, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.