Rosacea is known for causing a blushing effect, but that's not its only symptom. Top dermatologist Jonathan Schreiber, MD, PhD at Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater can also often diagnose rosacea by evaluating the visible blood vessels or small red bumps on your face. Before your rosacea worsens, book an appointment at the Norfolk, Virginia office. Schedule your visit, and get started on treatment right away by calling the clinic or by using the online booking feature.
Rosacea is a common skin condition characterized by reddening of the skin. In mild and early cases, you may notice that you tend to blush more easily than other people. With time, the redness expands past your cheeks to include your forehead and nose; the redness may also be present all the time. Your ears, chest, and back can even appear red.
You may know rosacea by the redness and visible blood vessels apparent on your skin, but other subtypes exist.
You may have papulopustular rosacea, which involves redness, along with swelling and breakouts that look like acne. Phymatous rosacea makes your skin thicken and develop a bumpy texture. Ocular rosacea may be diagnosed when you have redness and irritation in your eyes.
Each type of rosacea has slightly different symptoms. You may experience:
The goal of rosacea treatment is to reduce the appearance of symptoms, ease any discomfort, and prevent progression of the condition. At Tidewater Dermatology, the team can help you figure out your triggers, such as extreme weather conditions and spicy foods.
You’ll also need to be diligent about using sunscreen and taking special precautions when you care for your skin. Avoid scrubbing with abrasive cleansers or cloths. Some skin care products can also irritate rosacea. The doctors at Tidewater Dermatology can recommend the best regimen for your particular condition.
In severe cases of rosacea, they may also recommend oral immunosuppressants or antibiotics. Oral medications are often recommended in cases of ocular rosacea. Although rosacea cannot be cured, its effects can be controlled and minimized.