Do you ever wonder why you blush so often, or why your skin turns red as frequently as it does even if you haven’t been out in the sun? You could be one of roughly 16 million Americans suffering from rosacea, a skin condition that many people simply aren’t aware of.
At the offices of Steven Jepson MD, we have an excellent process for helping identify and decrease rosacea symptoms. Rosacea, a progressive and chronic disease, usually affects the face but can also extend to the neck, chest, and back. Let’s look at all the basics you need to know about rosacea.
Who Gets It?
Rosacea generally affects people between ages 30 and 60 and is more common among people with fair skin than those with darker complexions. Rosacea is more common in women than in men, but on the flip side, symptoms can be worse in men, especially on the nose.
Rosacea will often appear similar to sunburn or acne, so it’s important to get a proper diagnosis. Treatment will depend on the exact type and symptoms, which we’ll go into in our next section.
Symptoms and Types
Rosacea symptoms will vary among patients, but they can include:
Skin that easily flushes or blushes
Persistent facial redness
Small visible blood cells (spider veins)
Overly sensitive skin that stings in response to certain products
Red bumps and pimples filled with pus
There are four distinct types of rosacea, each of which coming with telltale symptoms:
Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: Flushing and redness, sometimes with visible spider veins
Papulopustular rosacea: Red skin with bumps, pimples or pustules
Phymatous rosacea: Thickened skin, plus enlargement of the nose and surrounding tissue
Ocular rosacea: Red skin around the eye and eyelids, often alongside dry eyes, swollen eyelids, tearing, burning or recurrent infections.
Treatment for rosacea must be tailored to the individual, and that’s exactly what we do here. Genesis Lifestyle Medical has a three-part program that assesses skin care products used, prescription medications, and IPL laser therapy as a potential treatment. He will walk you through your symptoms and help you with a comprehensive plan to tackle your rosacea issues.