Rosacea Awareness Month is held every April to educate the general public on the impact of rosacea. This chronic skin disease affects millions of Americans. The month educates people who may have rosacea to encourage them to seek treatment before their condition worsens, and the general public to understand the condition better. Read more about rosacea symptoms, causes, and treatments below.
Signs and Symptoms
Redness in the middle area of the face is the most obvious and well-known of all rosacea symptoms. Sometimes this redness spreads down to the neck, flaring up and eventually becoming almost constant. More extreme cases exhibit symptoms such as:
- Red and swollen bumps that look like acne
- Skin that feels hot and tender
- Dry and irritated eyes with red and swollen eyelids
- Thickened skin on the nose
A number of factors cause rosacea symptoms, both genetic and environmental. Genetic factors that cause rosacea are a history of acne and rosacea, immune system overreactions, and certain ancestry. Environmental factors that cause rosacea symptoms include: alcohol, spicy foods, hot showers, stress, and certain medications.
Based on how severe the symptoms are, a few different methods treat rosacea symptoms. Providers often prescribe medication in the form of pills, cream, lotion, or gel as a treatment option. Laser procedures are also recommended.
IPL Photofacial, also known as Intense Pulsed Light, offers a great treatment option for patients who suffer from rosacea symptoms. IPL also treats conditions like sun damage, blemishes, and hyperpigmentation. This treatment works by sending light waves targeting dark spots or redness. The skin appears more even-toned because the laser breaks up the pigment or vessels in the skin.
Schedule an appointment with us to learn more about Rosacea Awareness Month and rosacea symptoms, causes, and treatments.