What Is Rosacea And What Should I Do?

November 5th, 2017

What Is Rosacea?

What is rosacea? You may suspect the beginning of rosacea if the skin on your face blushes or flushes too often. If you notice visible skin reddening and irritation after drinking some hot beverages, alcohol, eating something spicy, using hairspray, washing your face, applying some skin care cosmetics you’ve used before without any issues, that might be it. Rosacea-prone skin also actively reacts to low or hot air temperatures.

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is quite a common skin condition.

This disease typically occurs in people over 30 as a temporary redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. Sometimes it also appears on the neck, chest, scalp, ears or the area around the eyes. At first, it is not stable, but after a while, the redness tends to become more intensive and tenacious, and the blood vessels may become visible. Without an adequate treatment in the earliest stages, bumps and pimples often appear. In severe cases, the proliferation of skin tissues occurs, which results in swollen and bumpy nose and cheeks.

Rosacea is not a life-threatening disease, but it has a significant impact on a person’s appearance. It often causes feelings of frustration and confusion, negatively influences person’s self-esteem, which might end up in anxiety and depression.

What to do if you think you have rosacea?

Rosacea could progress and transform into more severe forms, that are very difficult to fix. This is a reason why it’s important to seek dermatologists help on earlier stages of this skin condition. There is no treatment that could completely eliminate rosacea at the moment, but there are a few adequate measures to control the disease and avoid undesirable complication.

What are the things we should not do?

Trying to get self-diagnosed or self-medicated is not a good idea. There is a number of things you can successfully control, and we will describe them in the next section, but they don’t include experimenting with medications without a doctor’s control.

Another thing worth mentioning is that there is not enough scientific evidence for the role of Helicobacter Pylori and Demodex in rosacea development, that’s why treating them should not be your number one step when it comes to rosacea.

How is rosacea diagnosed?

No medical tests are needed for rosacea diagnostics. Typically your doctor will collect your anamnesis and check your skin and your eyes.

Sometimes such conditions as lupus and an allergic skin reaction look a lot like rosacea, and additional medical tests might be needed to clarify the diagnosis.

What could be done from your side to prevent more outbreaks?

Although it is not possible to get rid of rosacea completely at the moment, there is a lot of things you can do to decrease outbreaks and facilitate medical treatment.

  • Track the activities that are causing flare-ups and try to avoid them;
  • Watch how your skin reacts to different foods and avoid those causing flare-ups;
  • Take medications and use prescription lotions, cleansers and creams according to recommended schedule and don’t skip them;
  • Ensure good sun protection;
  • Protect your skin from excessively hot, dry or cold weather;
  • Exclude spices, alcohol and hot beverages from your diet;
  • Don’t let your hairspray and other hair cosmetics go into your skin;
  • Consult your dermatologist regarding appropriate skin care products.

Rosacea treatment in Celebration, Florida

At Goodless Dermatology we offer the latest methods of rosacea treatment. We select and combine options that fit the peculiarities of your skin, rosacea subtype and stage. Our expert team will be happy to help you to successfully restore your skin surface and prevent worsening of the condition!

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