Because our culture admires a rosy blush to the cheeks, rosacea, a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin, can exist unnoticed while it creates more damage to the skin. Dry, bumpy, and rough skin with red blotches can escalate into disfiguring conditions such as rhinophyma. The diffuse inflammation can disguise itself as a “rosy blush” so it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of rosacea for effective treatment and timely management.
Rosacea is a chronic skin disease suffered by over 16 million Americans. This condition is often characterized by red, sensitive skin that might resemble acne or an allergic reaction. Women between the ages of 30-50 with a fair complexion are often at risk, but this condition can affect almost anyone. Rosacea also tends to run in families, so if either or both of your parents or siblings had or have rosacea, you’re more likely to get it.
There are many factors that can exacerbate your rosacea symptoms. Possible rosacea triggers include:
- Sun exposure and intense heat
- Changing weather conditions
- Strenuous activity or exercise
- Oily skincare products
- Spicy foods
- Hot, caffeinated, or alcoholic beverages
Red or flushed skin is the main symptom of rosacea. Skin redness often occurs on the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead but in rare cases, rosacea can affect the skin on your chest or back. Different types of rosacea can be accompanied by symptoms like skin thickening, visible blood vessels, and/or skin inflammation. Acne rosacea or papulopustular rosacea can cause the development of hard nodules or pus-filled bumps that may be inflamed and sensitive.
Oral and topical medications may be prescribed to rosacea patients to minimize skin redness and rosacea flare-ups. If patients have persistent redness that is not improved by topical creams, in-office rosacea treatment can be discussed. We often treat rosacea with laser treatments like the VBeam laser, PDT, the GentleYAG laser, or intense pulsed light (IPL). All of these treatments can remove visible blood vessels. CO2 laser skin resurfacing is especially effective for patients with severe rosacea.
Non-laser treatments like prescription medications and microBotox are also offered by our physicians. All of these rosacea treatment options are non-invasive or minimally invasive so patients can expect a pain-free treatment with little downtime or recovery. You can discuss all your options and ask any questions you might have at your free consultation.
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Rosacea sufferers often feel embarrassed by their red and blemished skin and it is our goal to help you feel more confident in your skin. Let us help you find an effective treatment at our New Jersey offices by calling or contacting us online today.