Actors, presidents, and other public figures are among the 14 million Americans struggling with excessive skin flushing, redness, and bumps.
Rosacea is a condition that makes you blush easily, triggers blood vessel inflammation, and gives your skin a bumpy texture in severe cases.
Do I have rosacea?
There Are Four Types
This type of rosacea increases the prominence of blood vessels in your face, causing you to look red and flushed.
This type of rosacea also causes redness. Some sufferers experience skin swelling and often mistake the symptoms for acne breakouts.
This more severe form of rosacea can cause growths of excess tissue near the nose and give your features a lumpy appearance.
In its most severe and symptomatic form, rosacea can cause redness and swelling on your eyelids and affect your field of vision.
Exact Causes Remain Unknown
Despite advancements in research, scientists are not entirely sure what causes rosacea. However, there is evidence that two specific factors can increase your risk of developing the condition...
According to the National Rosacea Society, 72 percent of patients with rosacea have self-described fair skin.
Recently, scientists have linked rosacea to genetic disposition. Almost 40 percent of rosacea sufferers say they have family members with the disorder. Rosacea is also more prevalent in those with Northern European ancestry.
"In a survey of 1,221 rosacea sufferers, 96 percent of those who believed they had identified personal trigger factors said avoiding those factors had reduced their flare-ups." National Rosacea Society
Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce Flare-Ups
Use Sun Protection
The American Academy of Dermatology Association has compiled several tips on how to prevent flare-ups. Among these are avoiding excessive sun exposure, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, and applying sunscreen when going outdoors.
Pay Attention to Foods and Drinks
Hot foods and beverages such as tea and coffee can cause your body temperature to rise and cause your skin to redden and swell. Alcohol and spicy foods should be avoided.
Stress has been linked to rosacea flare-ups. Take up meditation, yoga, tai chi, or another relaxing exercise to calm your mind. Avoid high-intensity workouts, which can trigger flare-ups.
A Doctor Can Recommend a Solution
Your doctor will complete a medical history evaluation. He or she will then perform a physical exam and check for commons signs of rosacea.
Since there are no labs or blood tests necessary to diagnose rosacea, even patients who have anxiety about going to the doctor should seek a professional diagnosis right away.
Treatment Options Include Lasers, Ointments, and Meds
Topical ointments are an effective, low-risk, short-term option to manage rosacea symptoms. When used daily, FDA-approved topical solutions such as brimonidine gel and oxymetazoline hydrochloride can reduce redness.
Prescription medication and antibiotics can prevent inflammation and reduce flare-ups.
Using a laser, your doctor can target blood vessels under the skin. The heat causes a reduction in the visibility of blood vessels in most cases.
Your doctor may be able to use laser surgery to correct the ways in which rosacea has affected your facial features. During the procedure, your doctor can carefully remove bumps. The procedure seals blood vessels as incisions are created, which fosters a relatively fast recovery.
A Doctor Can Prescribe the Right Treatment
Rosacea treatment can help you enjoy freedom from uncomfortable flare-ups and renew your self-confidence. Because rosacea worsens when left untreated, it is important to receive a diagnosis and treatment plan as soon as possible by scheduling a consultation with your doctor.