Rosacea can be easily mistaken for a common rash, or even eczema or acne. Because of this, many people with rosacea do not receive the diagnosis that would help them overcome the embarrassing, uncomfortable facial redness and dryness that develops. Rosacea is a condition that requires medical treatment in order to resolve. Without this, symptoms and flare-ups may get progressively worse.
The areas of the body typically affected by rosacea are the nose and the cheeks. If the condition progresses, skin on the chest may also become affected. The eyes can also be affected by rosacea, becoming red, dry, and irritated. There are several potential triggers for rosacea, though a direct cause has yet to be identified. A common theory is that a combination of factors may cause rosacea, stemming from an abnormal inflammatory response in the skin. Irritation to hair follicles, microscopic mites, sun damage, bacteria, and even stress are all related to dysfunctional blood flow in rosacea.
In addition to factors that cause rosacea to develop, several triggers can lead to a flare-up. Common triggers include:
- Sun exposure
- Intense exercise
- Excessive heat or cold
- Windy conditions
- Spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine and hot beverages
- Emotional stress
- Exposure to excessive heat in the shower, bath, or sauna
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Rosacea is a condition for which there is no cure. However, there have been many advances made in the field of dermatology, which have improved the management and treatment of rosacea. At Washington Dermatology Consultants, we evaluate each patient’s unique situation and skin type so that treatments can be tailored individually.
Part of the treatment for rosacea is lifestyle modification. When triggers are identified, patients may make minor lifestyle changes that will enable them to avoid flare-ups. Dermatological treatment also includes guidance on the use of skin care products and high-quality cosmetics that can effectively cover redness. Skin can be kept in good condition and the risk of rosacea damage decreased using effective moisturizers and prescription topical solutions.
Our board certified dermatologist has solutions for the varying degrees of rosacea. You do not have to suffer the consequences of this condition. Contact Washington Dermatology Consultants in Arlington or Stafford for a private consultation with one of our experienced dermatologists.