Do you ever wonder why you blush so easily or your skin looks sunburned without being outside? You might be suffering from a chronic skin disease known as rosacea. Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that affects more than 16 million Americans, yet many people don’t even know rosacea exists.
As a Knoxville dermatologist, Dr. Doppelt sees a number of patients with this common condition. While it is long-term, there are many treatment options for rosacea. Learning about the disease, identifying signs and treating the condition are the three best ways to reverse symptoms.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition, often affecting the face and eyes with flare-ups and remissions. It can be a life disruptive disorder, characterized by redness or ruddiness on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin that comes and goes. Rosacea can also appear around the neck, chest, ears or scalp. Though it might start with symptoms like frequent blushing, over time rosacea’s redness can become more persistent with visible blood vessels, thickening skin and pimple-like breakouts.
Although anyone can develop rosacea, it is most common among people with fair skin and generally develops after age 30. More women than men are diagnosed with rosacea, but men often present more severe symptoms.
Does my skin show signs or symptoms of rosacea?
In many cases, rosacea starts with frequent blushing or often a flushed appearance. Symptoms often vary from patient to patient, but common signs include:
- Persistent redness of the face
- Spider veins or visible blood vessel called telangiectasias
- Sensitive skin that might sting or turn red after exposure to some beauty or skin care products
- Red, pimple-like bumps that might fill with pus
In more severe cases, rosacea symptoms can include eye irritation, plaques and skin thickening. People who think they might have rosacea should see a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment.
How is rosacea treated?
While there is no cure for rosacea and the condition’s cause is unknown, there are a number of treatments available to help control and reverse symptoms. There are four subtypes of rosacea, each requiring its own tailored form of treatment. Aggressively treating the symptoms of rosacea is the most important part of preventing future flare-ups and stopping the condition from getting worse. One of our favorite products to use is SkinMedica’s Redness Relief Calmplex because it is clinically proven to reduce visible redness in as early as two weeks.
As a board certified dermatologist with more than a decade of experience in Knoxville, Dr. Doppelt can help you develop a rosacea treatment plan to stop this condition in its tracks and stop the disruption this condition can cause in your day-to-day life. For more information, please call (865) 474-8800 or request an appointment online.