Rosacea is a flushed or redness of the skin that is generally associated with the face and specifically the cheeks, but rosacea may spread beyond the cheeks as well. Oftentimes, rosacea causes small red blood vessels to become visible, especially in the early stages. Later stages can include acne-like breakouts, thickening skin, and even eye problems. For this reason, if you suspect you are suffering from rosacea, you should be evaluated by a board-certified dermatologist as soon as possible.
Who is most at risk for rosacea?
Rosacea is fairly common and can affect people of any skin tone and any age, but is most prevalent among fair-skinned people of Celtic or Scandinavian descent. Middle-aged women are the most likely to develop rosacea. Rosacea is common among family members and rosacea sufferers often have had lots of acne issues as well.
What causes rosacea?
Scientists are not entirely sure what causes rosacea but one thing is clear: rosacea is not caused by poor hygiene. Most doctors believe rosacea is caused by a combination or genetic and environmental factors.
However, if you have rosacea, there may be certain things that will trigger your outbreaks. If you or someone in your family suffers from rosacea, you should be aware that the following are common triggers of rosacea outbreaks:
- Hot drinks & spicy foods
- Environmental temperature extremes
- Sunlight or rough winds
- Certain cosmetics
- Drugs that dilate blood vessels
Can the doctors at Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery help me with my rosacea?
A board-certified dermatologist, like those at Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery, can diagnose rosacea by examining the skin and in some cases the eyes. They can then suggest a number of treatments, depending on the extent and stage of the rosacea.
Possible treatments for rosacea include topical creams, daily application of sunscreen, laser or light treatment, dermabrasions, and antibiotics.