Does your face always appear blushed or sunburned? You may be suffering from a very common skin condition called rosacea. There are a number of ways that rosacea presents itself, but most commonly the face appears red and the cheeks are consistently blushed, there may be a burning sensation on the skin, or broken veins on the face become much more noticeable. While this is very frustrating and sometimes embarrassing, it is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. According to The American Academy of Dermatology, there are more than 14 million people in the United States currently living with rosacea. While rosacea can affect people of all skin color, age and gender, the highest number of instances occur in people between the ages of 30 and 50, among people with fair-skin, and among people with a family history of rosacea or severe acne. While women tend to have a higher number of reported instances of rosacea men tend to have more severe rosacea.
Common Misunderstandings Concerning the Condition
Despite rosacea being a common skin condition, there are still a number of misunderstandings that surround the condition, which may be why a large number of people end up never seeking treatment. The most common misconception about rosacea is that it only affects people with fair skin. While rosacea is more common among people with fair skin, it is certainly not uncommon among people of color. Many people also mistake rosacea for adult acne and seek treatment for acne rather than for rosacea. While acne and rosacea may coexist, medication designed specifically for the treatment of adult acne can aggravate the skin further, making the rosacea much more noticeable. Your doctor can easily diagnose rosacea by examining your skin, asking about your symptoms, and by examining your medical history.
Potential Remedies for Rosacea
There are a number of available remedies that dermatologists use in the treatment of rosacea depending on how the condition presents itself. Dermatologists may prescribe ointments or oral medications such as antibiotics that can help repair the skin. In other cases simply applying a sunscreen may reduce the severity of the condition. Dermatologists can also use a laser or light treatment on the skin or move forward with a dermabrasion treatment which removes some of the affected skin cells. Ultimately, there is no way to cure rosacea permanently, but there are ways to decrease the appearance of the condition that also make the skin feel much more comfortable. Treatments may also keep the condition from getting worse and may reduce the frequency of flare-ups.
Triggers that May Amplify the Severity of Rosacea:
Temperature and Hot Weather: Extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, may cause flare-ups of rosacea so it is generally recommended to avoid exposure to these whenever possible.
Certain Foods/beverages: Certain foods may cause flare-ups, so keeping a food journal can help you determine if there are certain foods or beverages that aggravate your skin.
Alcohol: Alcohol does not cause rosacea, but it may cause flare-ups.
Stress: Stress can increased the redness of the skin, and if that is the case it may be a good idea to practice stress management techniques to reduce the number of flare-ups.
Certain Skin Care Products: Certain makeup and skincare products may irritate the skin, but using mineral based skin care and makeup may reduce irritation on rosacea prone skin. Please also note that facials are not appropriate measures for treating rosacea.
Need More Information About the Treatment of Rosacea?
At CosMed we offer a number of treatments depending on the severity of the condition. Following a full evaluation, Dr. de la Fuente will suggest the proper treatment, which could include topical treatments, oral antibiotics, or possible laser/IPL usage. Schedule a virtual consultation to get started today.
Dr. de la Fuente is a skin care expert. He has presented and published scientific articles available at PubMed, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Skin and Aging, Clinical and Experimental Dermatology and many more. He also serves as a Dermatology Professor at School of Medicine in Tijuana.