Rosacea Awareness Month is held every April to educate the public on the impact of the chronic skin disease that affects millions of Americans. This education is for those who may have rosacea to encourage them to seek treatment before their condition worsens, and for the general public to be more understanding. Read more about rosacea symptoms, causes, and treatments below.
Signs and Symptoms
The most obvious and well-known of all rosacea symptoms is redness in the middle area of the face. Sometimes this redness can spread down to the neck, flaring up and eventually becoming almost constant. More extreme cases can exhibit rosacea symptoms such as:
- Red and swollen bumps that look like acne
- Skin that feels hot and tender
- Dry and irritated eyes with red, swollen eyelids
- Thickened skin on the nose
Rosacea symptoms can be caused by a number of factors, both hereditary and environmental. Hereditary factors that are known to cause rosacea can be family history of acne and/or rosacea, immune system overreactions, and Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry. Environmental causes that cause rosacea symptoms may include: alcohol, spicy foods, hot showers, stress, or certain medication.
Based on level of severity, rosacea symptoms can be treated through several different methods. Medication in the form of pills, cream, lotion, or gel may be prescribed by your provider as a treatment option. Laser procedures may also be recommended.
IPL Photofacial, also known as Intense Pulsed Light or IPL photo rejuvenation, is a great treatment option for patients who suffer from rosacea symptoms, as well as sun damage, blemishes, and hyperpigmentation. IPL works by emitting a range of light waves targeting either melanin or hemoglobin, the cause of dark spots or redness. By fragmenting the pigment or vessels, the skin appears more even-toned.
Schedule an appointment with us to learn more about Rosacea Awareness Month and rosacea symptoms, causes, and treatments.