Causes, Triggers and Prevention Methods for Rosacea
At the offices of Steven Jepson MD, we’re proud to offer several treatment options and solutions for those who suffer from rosacea. From basic product and medication usage to laser treatments using our med spa’s IPL laser therapy, we’ll help you treat even the most severe rosacea cases to restore comfort and self-esteem.
Rosacea is a lifelong condition that may ebb and flow based on a number of factors. What are some of these factors, and how can you go about limiting your exposure to triggers and other risks? Here are some basics to understand, starting with the types of rosacea that are out there.
Some people believe that rosacea can only take place on the face, and while it’s true that the first signs of rosacea often relate to facial blushing, this is not the full scope of the condition. It can be found on the cheeks, nose, and forehead (these are the most common areas), but also on the ears, back and even the chest. It can also be either chronic (always present) or somewhat random in its appearance.
There are four general types of rosacea:
Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: Redness, blushing and the appearance of visible blood vessels often characterize this style.
Phymatous rosacea: A condition where the skin, especially around the nose, becomes bumpy and thick.
Papulopustular rosacea: Breakouts that may appear like acne, and also bring redness and swelling in the area.
Ocular rosacea: Commonly misdiagnosed as a sty, this is a rosacea form that shows up around the eyes and eyelids, with swelling and redness as the main symptoms.
Rosacea Risks and Irritation Triggers
There are no definitive single causes of rosacea, but there are several factors involved – some we can control, some we can’t. Here are a few of the major ones:
Heritage: If you’re over 30 and have English or Irish heritage, you are more likely to be affected by rosacea, though it can affect anyone.
Sun damage: A controllable cause of rosacea is sun damage, which can be prevented by wearing sunscreen during any exposure and keeping the skin protected. If possible, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s designed to hydrate the skin.
Blood vessels: If your skin naturally has blood vessels close to its surface, you may be at a higher risk of rosacea. Certain laser therapies may reduce this appearance and overall redness.
Another big factor in limiting rosacea severity: Keeping an eye on the products you use. Many such products will only worsen the condition, even if they’re meant to soothe normal skin. Speak to Dr. Jepson about the best skincare options if you have rosacea, from cleansing and moisturization products to prescription medications if necessary.
For more on the causes and management of rosacea, or to learn about any of our medical spa services such as Botox, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Jepson MD today.