Rosacea is a common skin condition that typically affects light-skinned individuals aged 40 to 60 years. It appears as a reddish, ruddy rash, most often on the face. If left untreated, rosacea can worsen over time. Diagnosis is made by simple physician examination. While there is no cure for rosacea, there are many rosacea treatment options that provide good relief from symptoms. Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory condition of the skin which causes redness, usually on the face. The rosacea rash appears as small, red, pus-filled bumps on the affected skin.
Rosacea is characterised by redness of the skin. It can be present on the cheeks, chin, nose and/or forehead. While rosacea is more common amongst women, when it appears in men it is often more severe. Symptoms of rosacea can appear and disappear inconsistently. This condition, because it is so prominently visible on the face, can be embarrassing and anxiety provoking. These feelings can be so severe to the point that in some people, it can significantly affect social lives. Some common signs and symptoms of rosacea are:
- Persistent redness of the skin
- Burning or stinging of the affected area
- Dilated or visible blood vessels, red spots of various sizes and small red bumps (pustules)
- Inflammation of the eyes and eyelids
- Regular blushing or flushing
- In men, the nose can become swollen, red and bulbous as a result of overgrown oil (sebaceous) glands.
There is no known cause for rosacea. Since some rosacea patients respond to antibiotic medications, some scientists believe that it is a bacterial infection. Other research indicates that rosacea is caused by a malfunction of the blood vessels resulting in their rapid dilation. Either way, it is clear that rosacea is not a contagious disease. While there is no specific evidence to show that rosacea is genetic, it does appear to run in some families.
While there is no known cure for rosacea, there are effective rosacea treatments which can significantly reduce symptoms. The variety of treatments may have different effects on different patients, and treatment options should be selected in consultation with a skin expert. If left untreated, rosacea can become worse and cause permanent scarring or other issues. Treatment is recommended as soon as the condition is diagnosed.
Treatment options may include oral or topical medications, laser or light therapy, and lifestyle modification. If you suspect you have rosacea:
- Take measures to protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays
- Consider changing any lifestyle factors that may be contributing to your rosacea symptoms such as alcohol intake, stress, etc.
- Experiment with different non-irritating cosmetics which may help to mask the rosacea.
- Avoid harsh cleansers or scrubs, or any physical scrubbing of the affected area as these can aggravate the rosacea.
The price of Rosacea treatment varies for each person depending on the extent of treatment necessary. Booth Dermatology & Cosmetic Care Center of Indianapolis and Carmel accepts CareCredit® financing options that work with every budget! Please speak to our concierge team for more information.
Dr. Sally A. Booth and her staff will be happy to discuss the details with you. Please feel free to call for a private consultation at one of our offices in Carmel or Indianapolis. Dr. Booth and his staff at Booth Dermatology & Cosmetic Care Center provide personalized care to residents of Indianapolis and Carmel with state-of-the-art technology for optimal health, aesthetics, and patient satisfaction. To receive more information or schedule a consultation, call (317) 848-2427 to speak with our friendly staff.