Rosacea is a skin condition that appears mostly in the facial area. It is chronic and can have quite an impact on the lives of sufferers due to its unpredictable periods of flare-up and remission. Usually, this condition will show up prominently on the chin, cheeks, forehead or nose. However, it can also be seen on the scalp, ears, chest or neck. It’s also possible for rosacea to affect the eyes. This can be quite bothersome, as the eyes can tear up and be itchy or bloodshot. Typically, people don’t notice the condition until around the age of 30 or after.
Symptoms of Rosacea
Women are diagnosed more frequently than men are, and it’s common for the problem to strike those who have fair complexions. Symptoms can be quite different from person to person. There are some primary symptoms from which every rosacea sufferer will have at least one. These include frequent flushing or blushing that comes and goes, along with a persistent redness that is always observable. Pus-filled pimples can be present in some individuals, and these bumps may cause burning or stinging. Also among primary symptoms are visible blood vessels beneath the skin.
A host of other symptoms can be present in those with rosacea. A number of different sensations have been described to accompany this condition, including tightness, itching, burning and stinging. Ocular rosacea is eye irritation that occurs in conjunction with rosacea. Usually, this irritation may be swelling, itching or tearing of the eye. However, damage to the cornea can happen in severe cases and potentially lead to blindness. Dry red patches of skin, called plaques, can be a problem for some or even an overall dry, rough appearance to the face is possible. Edema, or swelling, of the face is not unusual for rosacea patients, nor is thickening of the skin. This thickening happens most often around the nose, causing it to appear swollen, and is known as rhinophyma.
Because symptoms are so broad, treatment must be determined on an individual basis. Prescription medications, in both topical and oral form, can be effective in treating acne-like symptoms of rosacea. This may be the initial treatment option in order to get the condition under control, and then it’s common for topical treatment to be given on its own to treat flare-ups. Pulsed light or laser therapy options can also be utilized to address the existence of visible blood vessels, extreme ruddiness or a bulbous nasal area.
A gentle skincare routine with products containing few chemicals is always advised for rosacea patients, so as not to irritate the skin further. Sunscreen is a must, as well. While there is no cure for rosacea, it can be managed, especially when patients are aware of their flare-up triggers. At SeaMist MedSpa in South Kingstown, we are here to help you every step of the way in treating your rosacea symptoms. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn which treatment option is best for you.