Rosacea, more than just a blush

Understanding Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that may often be mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction or another skin problem. That’s because rosacea causes the skin around the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin to redden. Often times it will cause the blood vessels in your face to be visible and also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps, similar to pimples.

Rosacea can affect anyone, and it is estimated to affect 14 million people in the United States. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, rosacea can be divided into four sub-categories:

  1. Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: Which causes redness, visible blood vessels, and flushing.
  2. Papulopustular rosacea: Which causes redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts.
  3. Phymatous rosacea: Which causes the skin to thicken and create a bumpy texture.
  4. Ocular rosacea: Which causes redness and irritation in the eyes. It can cause them to become swollen and to resemble a sty.

The exact causes of rosacea are still unknown; however, there are certain measures you can take to control them. Here are some tips that can help:

  • Learn what triggers your rosacea flare-ups: Everyone may have different triggers, therefore keeping a rosacea journal may be helpful to identify YOUR triggers. Many food, beverages, and situations may cause flare-ups like sunlight, stress, red wine, spicy foods, etc.
  • Visit a dermatologist: Having an open communication with your dermatologist is very important to develop an effective rosacea management plan. Your doctor can guide you to the best skin-care products and give you tailored management guidelines.
  • Develop a skin-care plan: Once you have been properly diagnosed and have shared your concerns and questions with your doctor, ask him/her to develop a skin-care plan with you. Remember, everybody is different and has different skin-care needs.
  • Follow your skin-care plan: Your skin care plan will help you manage your rosacea. Following it as close as possible should be high on your priority list.

Although some people may be more likely to develop rosacea due to family or medical history, it is important to remember that anyone can get this skin condition. Currently, there is no cure for rosacea, but physicians at Texas Dermatology and Laser Specialists are working to gain a better knowledge for the condition. If you or someone you love suffers from rosacea, consider participating in a research study. Those that qualify may receive study-related care and medication at no cost, have access to possible new treatment options and receive compensation for time and travel.

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