Rosacea can be one of the most challenging skin issues, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. The trademark characteristics of rosacea are facial redness, bumps, soreness, and/or burning that typically appear in some after age 30. Because of these uncomfortable symptoms, most people with rosacea have issues with self-confidence in social settings — for good reason. But you don’t have to suffer forever, and there are effective treatments. If your rosacea bothers you, learn more about the causes and treatments to fight this unsightly skin problem. At the Dermatology Clinic in Baton Rouge, we can help with treatments, and we’ll find the right method that works for you.
The facial redness and bumps associated with rosacea can occur for a variety of reasons. Symptoms also can include coarse skin, acne-like bumps, and irritated eyes. Rosacea occurs primarily in fairer skinned women. Even those who have a habit of blushing or flushing in the face are more prone to rosacea. People with a family history of rosacea also have an increased risk of having it. Further, the issue tends to get worse over time if it’s left untreated. This is why it’s important to pay close attention to how your rosacea presents so it can be effectively treated or minimized.
There isn’t an exact cause for rosacea, and there is still much to be learned about all of the potential causes. However, most research has shown that it is likely a mix of environmental and hereditary factors that lead to flare-ups. It is not anything bacterial. Irritation of the skin and anything that causes increased blood flow to the skin can cause more episodes of rosacea. Environmental factors are probably the biggest reasons for this common skin problem. Hot or spicy foods and beverages, temperature extremes, alcoholic beverages, sunlight, hot baths or saunas, certain drugs, intense exercise, emotional stressors, wind exposure, histamines, and caffeine can all trigger varying degrees of rosacea. Menopausal women also tend to have issues with rosacea, which could suggest some hormonal factors are at play. Most of the time, patients will also have relatives who suffer from issues with rosacea.
The best method of preventing rosacea is to identify your environmental triggers and try to avoid them. One way of doing this is to record each time your rosacea worsens, or you have a bad flare-up over about a month period. Then, you can take this information to a dermatologist where you can work together on figuring out better methods of preventing and treating your rosacea. Avoiding triggers won’t completely “cure” rosacea, but it can drastically reduce your symptoms. Also, since sunlight is typically a major trigger for rosacea sufferers, regularly using sunscreen is proven to be beneficial. Protecting your face with clothing and scarves in the winter can be helpful if wind and temperature changes cause your flare-ups. Use gentle facial cleansers, too. Seeing a doctor can help you choose the right products for your level of rosacea breakouts. Also, be sure not to touch or irritate your face too much because this will cause it to breakout more and you’ll continue to flare-up.
If your rosacea is frequent and bothers you on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to see a professional. Mild causes may be covered cosmetically with makeup for a while, but if you notice an increase of flare-ups, it’s always wise to get your skin checked out. We can work with you to come up with a treatment plan to minimize your symptoms. A drop in self-confidence because of facial redness and bumps is reason enough to at least talk with a doctor about your options.
Treating rosacea is more about prevention and reduction of symptoms. There is no curative treatment. However, there are many options now available that can dramatically reduce your symptoms. In the worse cases, certain drugs can be prescribed to diminish your breakouts and redness. These are usually in the form of antibiotics and skin creams containing special medicines. Laser treatments can also be used to rid your skin of redness from tiny blood vessels. Dry and irritated eyes can be soothed from artificial tears and prescription eye drops. Sensitive skin can also get relief from sunscreen. In addition to sunscreen, proper moisturizing with prescription creams can also help. In the absolute worst cases, skin can even be corrected by plastic surgery or multiple laser treatments.
If your rosacea is keeping you from a social life, or you simply dislike the repetitive redness, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment. You can get a specialized skincare routine in place that can significantly diminish your symptoms. There’s no reason to be embarrassed or feel anxious about these symptoms, but we understand it can be discouraging. Here at The Dermatology Clinic, we can provide you with more information on your particular pattern of rosacea, and we’ll give you the tools you need to feel confident about your skin again.