Rosacea

WHAT IS IT?

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness and/or raised, red bumps generally confined to the face. Rosacea is a long-term condition that can get worse over time. Rosacea happens most often in adults ages 30 to 60.

womamn covering her faceSYMPTOMS:

Rosacea affects the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, or eyelids. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Blushing
  • Raised, red bumps (sometimes look like acne)
  • blood vessels on the skin (called “telangiectasias”)
  • A burning or gritty feeling in the eyes
  • A red, swollen, and rounded nose

Sometimes, people have triggers which make symptoms worsen. Examples:

  • Eating hot or spicy foods, or drinking hot drinks
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Being too hot or cold
  • Sunlight
  • Stress and other strong emotions

TREATMENTS:

Step 1- Identify if any triggers & avoid

Lifestyle changes –

  • Avoid the common triggers listed above and any other triggers that you know worsen your symptoms
  • Use mild, unscented face cleansers to wash your face
  • Wear sunscreen every day
  • Avoid using products on your face with alcohol, acid, or other ingredients that could bother your skin

MEDICATIONS:

Depending on your type of rosacea, your provider will work with you to prescribe the appropriate medications. These may include: – topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics, & laser treatments.

Subtype 1- Facial Redness (Erythematotelangietatic Rosacea)

  • Flushing and persistent redness. Visible blood vessels may be present
  • important to identify and avoid lifestyle factors that trigger flushing/irritate skin

Subtype 2- Bumps and Pimples (Papulopustular Rosacea)

  • Persistent facial redness with acne like bumps/pimples.
  • Topical/oral antibiotics work well for this type

Subtype 3- Skin Thickening (Phymatous Rosacea)

  • Skin thickening and enlargement, usually around nose
  • Oral antibiotics-severe therapy may need surgery

Subtype 4- Eye Irritation (Ocular Rosacea)

  • Water/bloodshot eyes, foreign body sensation, burning, stinging, dryness, itching
  • Artificial tears, oral antibiotics, eye specialist

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