An estimated 16 million Americans find themselves living with rosacea. Affecting both men and women, generally between the ages of 20 and 50, rosacea is often confused with other conditions such as adult acne or a form of lupus.
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A very misunderstood skin condition, many people living with rosacea are not even aware they have the condition.
What does rosacea look like?
Rosacea is characterized by visible blood vessels, a red, ruddy appearance, and is often accompanied by acne-like blemishes. The prolonged widening of blood vessels can form telangectasias (visible small vessels) and stimulation of the skin’s oil glands leading to bumps and red lesions. This all typically occurs in the central region of the face.
Patients with rosacea note their skin is often sensitive and easily irritated. They are prone to blushing and flushing episodes when exposed to a variety of triggers.
How can I manage my rosacea?
While there is no known cause for rosacea or a permanent solution for the condition, there are a variety of ways to manage this growingly common skin condition.
Identifying your triggers – things which cause a flare-up of flushing or blushing – is key in managing your rosacea. Patients have noted a wide variety of triggers from weather conditions, emotional stress, spicy foods, intense exercise, alcohol, and hot baths. Keeping a diary of your flare-ups, including what happened leading up to the flare-up, can greatly assist you in this process. Identifying what irritates your rosacea allows you to avoid these triggers as much as possible.
How do you treat rosacea?
Avoiding rosacea triggers alone doesn’t always help to fully manage or treat your condition. For this reason we offer a wide variety of treatments at Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston.
Topical products calm the skin as well as reduce the red, ruddy appearance. If you find yourself in need of stronger treatment, oral medications can be very effective in reducing flare-ups and all signs of rosacea.
Our cosmetic services include a laser treatment for rosacea, the Vbeam Perfecta, which treat the small, visible blood vessels, greatly reducing their appearance.
How can a dermatologist help me with my rosacea?
Rosacea can be a very frustrating, especially when you are not sure what you are trying to treat. In order to get your rosacea under control, identifying your triggers and the proper treatment regimen are key. A board-certified dermatologist and dermatology physician assistant can work with you to create a treatment regimen to help reduce your rosacea symptoms and make sure you are equipped to handle any future flare-ups.
If you are ready to take action on your rosacea, simply contact our office to schedule an appointment. Our goal at Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston is to help you achieve the happiest, healthiest skin possible, and helping you manage your rosacea is the first step on this path!