What Does Rosacea Look Like

What Does Rosacea Look Like?

Rosacea is a common, chronic condition that typically begins with flushing and visible blood vessels on your cheeks and nose, but it can affect your entire face as well as your ears, neck, chest and back. Rosacea can progress into persistent redness, pimple-like pustules and even cystic bumps. The most advanced cases can result in the oil glands of your skin becoming enlarged, making your nose larger and your cheeks puffy. About 50% of patients have symptoms in the eyes, which include dryness, burning and grittiness.

Who Gets Rosacea and Why?

Anyone can develop rosacea, even children, but it’s most common among fair-skinned adult women between the ages of 30 and 50. The cause of rosacea is not known, but hereditary and environmental factors are believed to be involved. Rosacea may flare for weeks or months at a time, then go away for a while. There is no cure, so treatment mainly focuses on preventing flares.

How is Rosacea Treated?

It’s important to see your Advanced Dermatology dermatologist or one of our other rosacea specialists if you think you may be developing rosacea. Although some people mistake it for acne, the causes and treatments are not the same.

Rosacea treatment regimens are customized to your individual needs to stop the progression of the disease, while avoiding triggers, and may include prescription medications. The following tips can also be helpful.

Tips for Reducing Rosacea Flares

Tips for Reducing Rosacea Flares

  • Heat and sun exposure can definitely trigger a rosacea flare. Practice good sun protection and apply a broad-spectrum daily sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Remember to reapply at least every two hours and more often if you are sweating or going in the water.
  • Avoid spicy foods, hot drinks, caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures. Exercise in a cool environment, do not get overheated and protect your skin from the cold and wind.
  • Avoid abrasive scrubs. Use gentle cleansers and moisturizers. Don’t rub or use irritating washcloths.
  • Avoid cosmetics and skin care products containing alcohol or irritating ingredients. The fewer products, the better. Your dermatologist and cosmetic specialists will tailor your skin care regimen.
  • Consider laser therapy for persistent redness and visible blood vessels.

Keep a log of what triggers your rosacea and work as a team with your Advanced Dermatology provider to control it. For more information, see Having Rosacea is Nothing to Blush About.

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