What You Need to Know About Rosacea
By JACQUELINE SILKEY, M.D.
November 01, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rosacea  

Rosacea is a common condition affecting many people with various skin types. However, this condition can cause you to feel embarrassed by your skin’s appearance. Luckily, with help from your dermatologist, you can manage your rosacea and control the way you look. Find out more about managing rosacea with your cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Jacqueline Silkey at Silkey Skin MD in Kaysville, UT.

What is rosacea? 
Rosacea is a skin condition which causes the blood vessels to enlarge, producing a flushed appearance in the facial region. Rosacea occurs most often in fair-skinned individuals and is a common issue. Though doctors do not fully understand the cause of rosacea, they can successfully treat its symptoms. There are four main types of rosacea. This condition may cause permanent redness in the center of the face, such as on the nose.

Do I have rosacea? 
Though a flushed appearance is the most obvious sign of rosacea, there are other, more subtle symptoms. Some common signs of rosacea include:

  • facial redness
  • eye problems like dryness or irritation
  • enlarged, bulbous nose
  • swollen red bumps which may contain pus

If you notice one or more of these symptoms remain persistent and does not go away on its own, you should contact your dermatologist to talk about diagnosis and treatment options.

What causes rosacea? 
Some common triggers which can cause rosacea flare-ups often include:

  • outside temperature
  • cosmetics
  • certain types of medications
  • exercise
  • hot drinks
  • spicy foods
  • alcohol
  • emotions
  • sun exposure or heavy wind

Women are more prone to rosacea than men, but both genders experience this condition. Rosacea occurs more in fair-skinned individuals with Northern European ancestry. Those over the age of 30, who smoke, or who have a family history of rosacea are more at risk to develop this condition.

Managing Rosacea in Kaysville, UT
Treating rosacea focuses on controlling its symptoms and usually uses a customized skin care routine coupled with prescription treatments. Your doctor may recommend a topical or oral prescription medication to control symptoms. In addition to your doctor’s recommended medications, avoiding triggers, a careful skin care routine, and the committed use of sun protection and sun block daily can help reduce the symptoms of rosacea.

For more information on rosacea, please contact your cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Jacqueline Silkey at Silkey Skin MD in Kaysville, UT. Call (801) 882-2200 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Silkey today!

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