While millions of Americans suffer from the condition, many more may not know what rosacea is or confuse it for another dermatological problem. A chronic skin condition that can be aggravated by both physiological and environmental factors, rosacea often manifests in symptoms that can suddenly disappear. Your dermatologist can provide you with more information about rosacea, its risk factors and possible treatment options to help you better manage your skin.
What Is Rosacea?
While its exact causes are still unknown, rosacea is often triggered by a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. Some factors may further irritate the skin and worsen your condition, including:
- Alcohol consumption
- Hot foods and beverages
- Spicy foods
- Taking hot baths or sitting in saunas
- Strenuous exercise
- Stress, embarrassment, or anger
- Extreme hot or cold temperatures
- Corticosteroids and medications that dilate the blood vessels
Anyone can develop rosacea, but certain individuals may be more predisposed to the condition. At-risk individuals include those who are between the ages of 30 and 60; have a family history of the condition; and have fair skin, light hair, and light eye color. Women who are going through menopause and individuals who blush frequently are also at a greater risk for developing rosacea.
Signs and Symptoms
Rosacea may present with a number of symptoms, many of which are associated with inflammation. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Red patches of skin on the face
- Small red pustules or bumps on the nose, forehead, cheeks, and chin
- Visible small blood vessels on the cheeks and nose
- Red, bulbous nose
- Blushing easily
For more information about rosacea and other chronic skin conditions, 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.