What is Rosacea?
By JACQUELINE SILKEY, M.D.
September 12, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rosacea  

Could your red, bumpy skin be due to a condition known as rosacea?rosacea

While most people may experience a red, flushed face from working out or from using acne-fighting skin products, if you notice that you have frequent redness flare-ups then you may be wondering what’s going on. Could your persistent symptoms actually be due to rosacea? Our Kaysville, UT, cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Jacqueline Silkey is here to tell you a bit more about this common skin condition.

What is rosacea?

This chronic skin problem usually appears after the age of 30 and causes redness in the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may flare-up at random. While there is no definitive cause for why rosacea happens, it’s believed that heredity could have something to do with who develops this skin condition and who doesn’t.

What are the signs and symptoms of rosacea?

While some people with rosacea have no idea what triggers their symptoms, there are certain factors that can bring about a flare-up of rosacea including stress, exercise, alcohol, spicy foods and extreme temperatures. Anything that increases blood flow in the skin can potentially trigger an episode.

Symptoms of rosacea include:

  • Profound facial redness
  • Visible blood vessels on the surface of the skin
  • Red pimple-like bumps
  • Eye irritation or swollen eyelids

When should you see a doctor?

If you are dealing with frequent skin redness and irritation then it’s always a good idea to turn to our cosmetic dermatologist in Kaysville, UT, for some answers. While not all facial redness is due to rosacea, it’s important that you get to the bottom of your symptoms so that you can find a treatment plan that will help you best manage your symptoms if, in fact, you do have rosacea.

How is rosacea treated?

As we mentioned earlier, this condition is chronic; however, despite not being curable, rosacea symptoms can be managed with certain treatment options. The goal of treatment is to lessen the severity and frequency of your flare-ups.

We will often prescribe medications that can reduce redness and prevent blood vessels from dilating. Medications may be applied topically or orally. Sometimes certain laser therapies are also prescribed in conjunction with medications. These laser treatments can help to reduce the appearance of blood vessels on the face.

Are you experiencing symptoms of rosacea? If so, then let the cosmetic dermatological team at SilkeySkinMD in Kaysville, UT, get your skin back on track. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

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