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The Ins & Outs Of Rosacea

March 27, 2017

The Ins & Outs Of Rosacea

If you haven’t heard: April is National Rosacea Awareness Month. And while we’ve all heard about rosacea, surprisingly, 95% of Americans suffering from it know little to nothing about it—or its signs and symptoms. This may be due to the fact that it’s often mistaken for acne or other common skin conditions. So let’s break down what it is, what causes it and treatment options.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness in your face and often produces small red bumps similar to acne. Most people with rosacea seem to flush or blush more often than the average person. Rosacea can’t be cured, but can be controlled. Left untreated, rosacea tends to worsen over time. Using your medications faithfully can give you much clearer skin and help keep the symptoms from coming back.

What Causes Rosacea?

This is unknown! There are many theories about what can cause rosacea, though:

•Bacteria

•Blood vessel abnormality

•Neurologic abnormality

•Demodex (follicle mite)

What Triggers Rosacea?

There are many potential trigger factors, but they do not affect all people with rosacea. Here are the most common ones:

•Alcohol

•Spicy foods

•Stress

•Exercise

•Extremes of heat or cold

•Some fruits; including tomatoes, citrus and bananas

•Irritants applied to facial skin (soaps, astringents)

What Are Treatment Options for Rosacea?

•Oral antibiotics to reduce inflammation

•Topical antibiotics to reduce red bumps (Metrogel, Finacea)

•Laser ablation of dilated blood vessels

•Mirvaso cream to minimize appearance of redness and flushing

•Soolantra cream to reduce inflammation and provide anti-parasitic properties

Have further questions about rosacea? Give us a call or make an appointment today. We’re always happy to help!