Over 16 million Americans have rosacea, and most of them aren’t aware of it. They may chalk their symptoms up to bad skin, without realizing that effective treatment is available.
And those symptoms can lead not only to physical discomfort, but to self-consciousness and reduced self-esteem. If you’re showing signs of this inflammatory skin disorder, we can help.
At Northstar Dermatology in Richland Hills, Texas, our expert team can diagnose and treat rosacea to keep it from worsening and to lower your risk for intense flare-ups. Read on to learn the basics about rosacea, as well as solutions we’re pleased to provide.
Rosacea primarily affects the central part of your face. This chronic condition can flare up periodically and then go into periods of remission. While symptoms can crop up at any age, they often first appear after age 30 with redness in the cheeks, chin, forehead, and nose.
Over time, the redness can intensify as you develop additional symptoms, such as bumps, pimples, and even a swollen nose and irritated or bloodshot eyes. Some people receive a diagnosis for rosacea after seeking help for what they think is problem acne that won’t let up.
Anyone can experience rosacea, but it’s more likely if you blush easily or have fair skin or a family history of the condition. And while rosacea is diagnosed more often in women, men often experience more severe symptoms.
What to do about rosacea
Once you learn you have rosacea, you need to identify your triggers so you can avoid them and minimize your symptoms. Common triggers include:
- Certain cosmetics and skin care products
- Hot beverages
- Hot and cold weather
- Intense exercise
- Spicy foods
At Northstar Dermatology, we can help you pinpoint your triggers as part of your treatment plan. Additional options we may recommend include:
- Appropriate skin care, such as gentle washing with recommended products
- Laser therapy, for reduced visible blood vessels, redness, and skin thickness
- Oral medications, such as acne medications or antibiotics
- Protection from UV rays for your eyes and skin
- Topical medication for reduced redness
Treatment for rosacea aims to settle your symptoms and stave off intense or frequent flare-ups. While this care won’t completely eliminate your symptoms, it can go a long way toward improving them and helping to restore your physical and emotional comfort at the same time.
To learn more about rosacea or get the care you need, call our office or request an appointment through our website.