What Causes Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition associated with redness, inflammation, and acne-like bumps on the skin, as well as other symptoms. Rosacea can develop anywhere on the body, but most often affects the face. There is no cure for rosacea, but symptoms can be managed through various treatment methods. The experienced providers at Windsor Dermatology in East Windsor, NJ, diagnose and treat rosacea. 

Symptoms of Rosacea

The symptoms of rosacea commonly appear on the cheeks and nose, but often spread to the chin and forehead, as well. Some patients might also experience redness, acne-like bumps, and other symptoms of rosacea on the chest and back. Since many symptoms of the condition are so similar to acne, rosacea is often mistaken for it. A dermatology provider can accurately diagnose the condition to ensure you receive the right treatment.

Rosacea can cause several different symptoms to develop. Patients often appear to blush or become flushed more easily during the early stages of rosacea. Additional symptoms might develop as the condition progresses, including: 

  • Redness
  • Acne-like bumps
  • Thickened skin
  • Red and swollen nose
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Red or irritated eyes
  • Swollen eyelids 
  • Blushing 

Causes of Rosacea

Rosacea can affect individuals of varying ages, but most commonly develops in adults who are between the ages of 30-60 years. Additionally, the condition tends to affect women more than men. The exact cause of rosacea has not clearly been identified, but there are certain factors linked to a higher risk of developing the condition, including: 

  • Heredity 
  • Skin mites
  • A history of acne problems 
  • A protein called cathelicidin
  • Helicobacter pylori bacteria
  • An immune system that overreacts to certain types of bacteria

Rosacea Treatments

It is best to see a dermatologist for the treatment of rosacea as it can become worse over time if left untreated. We offer several effective treatments for rosacea at our East Windsor, NJ, dermatology practice. The specific treatment needed depends on the type of rosacea, symptoms, and other factors. Our skilled dermatology providers develop individualized treatment plans tailored to the needs of each patient. Rosacea treatment options include:

  • Topical antibiotics 
  • Oral antibiotics 
  • Laser therapy  
  • Anti-acne medications 
  • Switching to a mild, unscented facial cleanser 
  • Avoiding products with harsh ingredients, such as acid or alcohol 
  • Identifying and avoiding factors that trigger symptoms 

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of rosacea, we can help. Schedule an appointment with one of our providers for the diagnosis and treatment of rosacea by calling Windsor Dermatology in East Windsor, NJ, at (609) 443-4500.

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