Rosacea is a common inflammatory disorder that affects upwards of 16 million people in the United States. While it is not a life-threatening disorder, this chronic condition can be life-disrupting as it can be uncomfortable and affect a person’s self-confidence. Symptoms will typically begin to show after the age of 30 (occasionally in the 20s) and can include flushing and blushing in the cheeks that come and go. These symptoms are usually located on the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. As Rosacea progresses, the redness on the face can become more permanent. This happens as small blood vessels begin to become visible on the skin (known as telangiectasias) and small “acne-like” pimples may also begin to appear in the areas of redness. In more severe cases, Rosacea can cause thickening of the skin on the cheeks and nose.
Most patients tend to notice that there are certain triggers that can flare their Rosacea. Some of these triggers include: sunlight, stress, spicy foods, alcohol, hot beverages, and exercise. There are many more triggers than listed above and it is recommended that patients keep a “Rosacea Journal” to track the things that trigger their Rosacea flares.
What treatments are available?
Because Rosacea can have such a big impact on a person’s self-confidence and quality of life; we use all available options to treat Rosacea. While there is no cure for Rosacea, there are treatment options available to manage the symptoms. These include:
- Topical Antibiotics
Metrogel and Metrocream can help with the inflammatory acne-like bumps associated with it.
A new topical medication that can treat the redness associated with rosacea.
- Oral Antibiotics
It helps control the papules associated with rosacea.
- Vascular Lasers
Helps significantly with the redness and gives a lasting improvement
- Photodynamic Therapy
More information can be found at www.rosacea.org
If you have questions concerning Rosacea, call our office and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Myers. At your visit, Dr. Myers will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan for your condition.
What are the Best Ways to Control Rosacea?
Taking good care of your skin can make a big difference when it comes to the severity of rosacea. One of the best things to do is find a high-quality, gentle cleanser, and a gentle moisturizer. Chamomile and cucumber-infused skin products have been known to help some people control their condition.
Another important consideration is to avoid spicy food. Spicy food is known to cause rosacea flare-ups in some people. Also, avoid skin irritants. Wool clothing can worsen your condition.
Staying cool is another important precaution. Use cold compresses and sunscreen to lessen your exposure to heat.