What Causes Rosacea?

Sometimes mistaken for acne, rosacea is a skin condition characterized by redness and small bumps on the face. Its symptoms are recurring and may occasionally flare up. While rosacea is most common in middle-aged women with fair skin, anyone can be affected. If you have been diagnosed with rosacea, understanding some of the underlying causes of this condition can help you manage its symptoms.

Causes of Rosacea

A person's nose with Rosacea
Clinical studies haven’t produced a concrete answer for why some people develop rosacea, but most experts attribute the condition to both hereditary and environmental factors. If someone has been diagnosed with rosacea, their relatives may be more likely to develop this skin condition. In addition to gender, age, and family history, other risk factors include smoking and a history of issues with sun exposure. Although the cause of the condition is unknown, we do know that certain triggers can lead to symptom flare-ups among people with rosacea.

Managing Rosacea Symptoms

Environmental factors that increase blood flow to the skin’s surface can cause rosacea symptoms to flare up. Some of the most common rosacea triggers include spicy foods, hot beverages, certain blood pressure medications or other prescription drugs, cosmetic products, strenuous exercise, extremely hot or cold temperatures, alcohol consumption, prolonged sun exposure, and intense emotions like stress or anxiety.

Treatment for Rosacea

Although there is no cure for rosacea, we can help patients manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. In addition to tracking and avoiding triggers, we may prescribe topical medications, such as sunscreen, or oral antibiotics to reduce inflammation. Rosacea sometimes results in large, visible blood vessels, which can be reduced in size with laser treatments.

Whether you have skin issues that are consistent with rosacea or you’ve already been diagnosed but are struggling to manage your symptoms, our doctors can help. The Dermatology Clinic has treated patients in the Baton Rouge area since 1947. We pride ourselves on offering innovative, clinically-tested skin treatments. To make an appointment at one of our three locations, call (225) 769-7546 or contact us via our online form.

Image courtesy of the National Institute of Health

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