Often mistaken for acne and rashes, rosacea is a complex skin condition that can cause embarrassment and discomfort. The board-certified dermatologists at Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care in Columbia, Maryland, take a patient-centered approach to rosacea treatment. The experienced physicians work with you to understand your triggers, skin sensitivities, and other factors to develop a personalized treatment plan. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that causes redness, flushing, visible blood vessels, and other uncomfortable symptoms.
It typically appears on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin but can develop in other areas. Rosacea commonly affects middle-aged women, but many younger adults also have the condition.
The four most common types of rosacea are:
Also called erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR), this type causes facial blushing, increased blood vessels, and redness that inflames the skin.
Acne rosacea involves persistent redness and small, acne-like bumps on the face, often affecting the central part of the face, including the nose and cheeks.
Rhinophyma, a rare, advanced form of rosacea, thickens the skin on the nose, resulting in a bulbous and enlarged appearance.
Ocular rosacea affects the eyes, leading to symptoms such as redness, burning, and the sensation of a foreign body in the eye.
Many factors can trigger a rosacea flare-up, including:
Spicy foods, hot beverages, alcohol, and foods high in histamines can trigger rosacea symptoms in some people.
Exposure to hot weather, sunlight, or extreme cold can exacerbate rosacea symptoms.
Stress and emotional factors may trigger or worsen rosacea flare-ups.
Strenuous physical activity and high-intensity exercise can contribute to rosacea symptoms.
Some skin care products containing harsh ingredients or alcohol can irritate the skin and trigger rosacea.
Vasodilating (widening blood vessels) medications, topical corticosteroids, and other drugs may contribute to rosacea symptoms in susceptible individuals.
An overgrowth of Demodex mites on the skin may trigger rosacea in some cases, particularly in those with eye problems like blepharitis.
People with family members who have rosacea are more likely to develop the condition, particularly if they’re women.
Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care takes a patient-centered approach to rosacea treatment that may include multiple strategies, including:
Your board-certified dermatologist can develop a personalized plan that reduces your symptoms and minimizes flare-ups.
Call Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.