Rosacea is a dermatological condition in which the face becomes reddened, usually throughout the center of the face. Often, small blood vessels in the area swell enough to be visible, and small bumps containing pus may develop. Rosacea can also cause symptoms in the eyes and around the nose, and most often affects fair-skinned women over the age of 30. It can be a troublesome and embarrassing condition, but your dermatologist and a good skin care regimen can help.
What Causes Rosacea?
No one really understands the cause of rosacea. Most experts believe that it's probably either a genetic predisposition to the condition, environmental irritants, or a combination of the two. What is known is that certain things do tend to aggravate rosacea, and can actually trigger a flare when the condition is otherwise under control. Some of these include extremes in temperature, spicy foods, hot foods and drinks, stress, saunas, sunlight, and corticosteroids.
Who is at Risk for Rosacea?
Middle aged women with fair skin are the most prone to developing rosacea, but men and women of any age or complexity can develop it as well. This risk of rosacea does seem to decrease after the age of 60. If you have a family history of rosacea, you may be more at risk yourself.
How is Rosacea Diagnosed?
A rosacea diagnosis is usually made by your dermatologist observing your symptoms, studying your medical history, and ruling out other skin conditions that may look similar. There is no conclusive test for rosacea, however.
Are there Treatments for Rosacea?
Rosacea cannot be cured, but symptoms can be managed with certain prescription medications and good skin care. Your dermatologist may prescribe an anti-inflammatory antibiotic or acne medications, depending on the severity of your symptoms.
If you believe you may have rosacea, don't delay in seeking help. At Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, our dermatologist can determine the cause of your skin problems and help you get them under control. For an appointment, call (866) 608-9531, or visit our website for more information.