Managing rosacea symptoms is difficult on its own, and many people living with this skin condition never know when the next flare-up is going to happen. Rosacea is common and can be one of the most challenging skin issues, with no definitive cause. Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed or want to learn more about potential courses of treatment for a child or family member, The Dermatology Clinic can help you explore potential options for rosacea relief.

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness and swelling, and the progression of flare-ups can lead to clusters of pimples, small bumps, and visible blood vessels near the inflamed area. Rosacea can affect adults and children, most commonly those with fair skin tones or skin sensitivity. Women between ages 30 and 50 are usually more prone to rosacea as well. There is no cure for this condition, and treatment recommended by our doctors will be directed toward managing flare-ups rather than remedying rosacea altogether.

What Causes Rosacea?

There isn’t an exact cause for rosacea, but some people may be at an increased risk of developing this skin condition if another family member has it. Rosacea outbreaks don’t have a bacterial basis, but topical skin irritants and any environmental factors that cause increased blood flow to the skin can cause induce outbreaks more frequently.

What Are Common Symptoms of Rosacea?

Rosacea is characterized by acne breakouts, hyperpigmentation, and discomfort, which manifests as the following:

  • Swelling of the face and nose
  • Thickened skin
  • Stinging, burning sensations in the skin
  • Large pores
  • Gritty, itchy eyes (conjunctivitis)

Rosacea flare-ups can spread from the face to the neck, chest, and back. Additionally, hot or spicy foods and beverages, extreme temperatures, 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.

Can Rosacea Be Treated?

Rosacea treatment targets flare-up prevention and should not be considered a cure. However, there are many topical treatment options available that can dramatically reduce symptoms. In more moderate-to-severe cases, certain drugs can be prescribed to diminish breakouts and redness. Artificial tears and prescription eye drops can soothe dry and irritated eyes. Sensitive skin can also be relieved by proper sun protection.

In addition to sunscreen, proper moisturizing with prescription creams can also help. In the most severe cases, skin can possibly be corrected by plastic surgery or multiple laser treatments.

Work With One of Our Dermatologists to Help Manage Your Symptoms

Connect with our team of dermatologists today to learn how we can develop a tailored skin care routine and course of treatment to help you manage rosacea symptoms. The Dermatology Clinic specializes in skin rejuvenation and health, and we want to help you enjoy the skin you’re in. Schedule an appointment online to meet with a dermatologist at either of our clinic locations in Baton Rouge or Walker and discuss your options for rosacea treatment.