Rosacea is a common skin condition that usually affects men and women over 30 years of age. It is less common in younger individuals, but can certainly occur. Common symptoms of this ailment include redness of the cheeks and nose. Sometimes there can a sensation of soreness or burning in the eyes. It can also occur on other areas of the face including the forehead or chin. In some instances small bumps that resemble pimples can appear in the areas of redness. Since this condition affects the facial region, people who suffer from rosacea may consequently develop low self-esteem or avoid social events.
This skin condition is not uncommon and flare ups may be caused by a variety of factors. Pregnancy, hormonal changes, stress and alcohol consumption can increase the likelihood of flare ups. Spicy foods, climate changes and stress can also have an impact. Women suffering from this condition should carefully read the ingredients on makeup labels. Using foundation or powder on the face may aggravate the skin. Most dermatologists recommend using makeups that are oil free. Mineral makeup is also preferable to products containing talc. It is important to keep a diary of your stress levels, weather and foods to see what personally triggers a flare up.
Although there is no known cure, there are a variety of treatment options available. Dr. Timani at Johns Creek Dermatology can help diagnose and treat this irritating skin condition. The most common form of treatment is medication prescribed by a doctor. These may be pills or a cream applied directly to the reddened skin. Antibiotics given in low doses may be used to keep the condition under control. Topical creams applied to the skin may include azelaic acid or metronizadole. Lasers usually aren’t the first choice for treatment, but may be utilized when medications have failed. If small blood vessels are visible, a type of laser known as an intense pulsed light may be used. To protect the irritated skin sunscreen and moisturizers may be recomended.
If you are suffering from patches of red skin or symptoms as described above on your face, you should consult Johns Creek Dermatology. Dr. Timani, our Board Certified Dermatologist, can determine if you have Rosacea and devise an effective treatment plan.