Does your face often look red? Or do you have bumps on your skin with no apparent cause? Are you wondering if it may be rosacea? Here is some information on what rosacea looks like, what might cause it, and what you can do about it.
What Is Rosacea?
Rosacea can make it look like you are constantly blushing. Other symptoms are visible veins, hot and tender skin in the affected area, and swollen bumps that might look like acne. It can flare up for a few weeks or even months and then disappear. It is not contagious.
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown. It affects middle-aged white women most commonly and it often runs in families. You might be at higher risk for rosacea if you get sunburns easily or if you smoke. It is thought that rosacea is the result of an overactive immune system. It may be triggered by:
- Red wine or other alcohol
- Hot and spicy foods and drinks
- A reaction to skin care or other personal products
- Medication that dilates the blood vessels
How Is Rosacea Treated?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea, but there are some treatments that can help. These might include laser therapy, medication, or a combination of these. The medication may be a cream or a gel or an oral antibiotic. Laser therapy can help to make enlarged blood vessels less visible.
You can also try to determine what triggers are for your rosacea so that you can avoid them. As always, you should put on a broad spectrum sunscreen (which protects skin from ultraviolet A and B rays) before going outside, and wear clothing that protects your skin from the sun, cold, and wind. You should also be very gentle with your skin; use gentle products without harsh ingredients such as alcohol or camphor.
Do you think you might have rosacea? Make an appointment with Revitalize! CNY in Fayetteville, New York, to meet with a dermatologist so that you can get a diagnosis of your problem and find out what your treatment options are. Call (315) 384-9353 for an appointment today!