CARE

  FOR YOUR SKIN

What is rosacea?

 

Rosacea is a very common skin disease that is characterized by persistent facial redness. It is a chronic and often progressive skin condition that rarely resolves completely. Rosacea tends to flare in cycles, which means it may flare and improve in response to certain triggers. Rosacea often begins as a tendency to flush easily. As the condition progresses, individuals may develop redness to the center of their face, acne-like bumps, telangiectasias (tiny blood vessels), skin swelling, and/or enlarged oil glands.

 

Who develops rosacea?

 

Rosacea may occur in both men and women of any ethnic background, though fair-skinned female adults between the ages 30-60 are most commonly affected.

 

What causes rosacea?

 

Although the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, there are numerous triggers that when avoided, may decrease flares in some people. Common flares are: hot or spicy foods or drinks, alcohol, extreme temperatures, sun exposure, vigorous exercise and stress.

 

Can rosacea affect my health?

 

About 50% of people with rosacea develop ocular rosacea which causes redness, itching or burning of the eyes. Rarely, ocular rosacea may affect vision.

 

What treatments are available for rosacea?

 

Although there is no known cure for rosacea, there are numerous treatments that can significantly decrease the severity and frequency of rosacea flares. Treatment options include both prescription medications and in-office treatments. Sun protection is vital to slow down progression of the condition. Make an appointment today!