What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that can also affect the blood vessels and nerves of the skin. The most common symptoms include redness and flushing on the cheeks and nose, but this may also affect the forehead, ears, and chin. Further development of the condition brings increased pimples, pustules, and inflamed or broken blood vessels. Occasionally rosacea may change skin texture or even result in thickening of the skin of the nose. Rarely, the inflammation of rosacea may affect the eyes, which needs to be diagnosed and treated promptly to prevent changes to your vision. Rosacea is characterized by flare-ups that last for weeks or months. It cannot be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled with treatment.

Rosacea requires diagnosis from a medical professional and, frequently, referral to a dermatologist. Avoidance of triggers is the most important first step. The most common triggers include sun exposure, stress, temperature changes, skin-care products that contain irritants and alcohol, spicy foods, caffeine, and alcoholic drinks. Treatment may include topical medicines or oral antibiotics/anti-inflammatory medicines. More intense therapy such as laser treatment should always be performed by a dermatologist.

Like acne and psoriasis, rosacea can cause psychological and well as physical distress. That’s why our team promises to provide each patient with a caring, personalized approach, along with expert medical care. Equipped with a customized treatment plan, you will learn how to manage your condition and prevent it from becoming worse. When symptoms reoccur, we are always here to help.

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