Do you ever find that you blush a lot easier than your friends? Maybe over the years you have noticed some blood vessels appearing on your face and they are only getting worse? It looks like you have adult acne, but no amount of face wash or scrubbing seems to help. These symptoms combined with other signifiers may be the effects of rosacea.
What is Rosacea?
Acne rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a common, but poorly understood, skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face. Often referred to as “adult acne”, rosacea may begin as a tendency to flush or blush easily and progress to persistent redness in the center of the face. Over time, rosacea will gradually spread to the cheeks, forehead, chin, nose, ears, chest, and back. Usually developing over a long period of time, small blood vessels and tiny pimples begin to appear on and around the reddened area as the disease progresses.
What are treatment options?
Soderstrom Skin Institute has extensive experience dealing with patients who suffer from rosacea. If you have the beginning stages of the disease, it is important to visit a medical doctor to prevent it from progressing.
Rosacea is a condition that worsens with time, but is also cyclic. Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea. Self-diagnosis and treatment are not recommended, as some over-the-counter skin applications may make the problem worse.
- Gels or creams may be prescribed by your dermatologist. Results can be seen in the first three to four weeks of use, with greater improvement after two months.
- For faster results, your dermatologist may prescribe an oral antibiotic.
- Laser surgery may be used to treat persistent redness; the laser will close the dilated blood vessels, diminishing redness.
- Cosmetics may be helpful, to “cover up” the problem areas. Green tinted makeup may mask the redness best.
To schedule an appointment with a board certified dermatologist at Soderstrom Skin Institute, call 1-888-970-7546.