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Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition typically affecting a person’s face. People occasionally mistake the condition for acne, eczema, or even an allergic reaction. The main indicators of rosacea are flushing in the face, skin irritation, and sometimes pimples. Other symptoms can consist of blushing easily and even eye problems.

It is a condition that presents from mild to severe redness, frequently at the center of the face. But, this redness can reveal itself in other areas as well. It can also come with more than redness.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Different Types of Rosacea?

Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea – Redness that shows observable blood vessels

Papulopustular Rosacea – Redness that occurs with inflammation and acne breakouts

Phymatous Rosacea – Redness that occurs with thickness and texture

Ocular Rosacea – Redness and irritation within the eyes and around the eyelids

What Causes Rosacea?

It’s not totally understood what causes rosacea. There are some factors that rosacea patients do have in common. For instance, most are between 30 and 50 years old, they are light-skinned and have battled persistent acne. Rosacea can also be genetic, meaning most people who have the condition have family that also grapple with it.

Scientists believe the immune system may be a cause. Also, the skin’s makeup. Rosacea is most often reactive, meaning certain things will or can cause the condition to flare. These causes are usually unique for each patient.

How is Rosacea Treated?

There is no way to completely cure rosacea, but at your appointment, Dr. Porter will suggest a treatment package that includes lifestyle changes and professional treatments. Rosacea can worsen without treatment, so it’s important to see your doctor as soon as you begin to see symptoms.

Rosacea usually responds well to professional treatments, including laser techniques. Chemical peels can also be an effective option. Additionally, topical, and oral prescription medications can be used along with treatments to help manage symptoms at home.

Rosacea Management

Rosacea can take a toll on your quality of life and cause many anxieties when it comes to navigating everyday tasks. Although professional treatments can be effective, at-home skin care and lifestyle changes are two of the most important steps to take in preventing flare-ups. It’s important to track any possible triggers and discuss them with Dr. Porter to see how you can avoid them.

Some of the most common are certain foods (spicy meals, coffee, and alcohol are common), cold weather, medications, or cosmetics. Additionally, it’s important to develop a skincare regimen that both protects your skin from triggers (using daily sunscreen) and reduces existing redness.

You should ensure that your skin care products are gentle and will not irritate the skin, causing additional redness. During a consultation with the Doctor can recommend the best products for your skin and cosmetic goals.