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It is believed that over 16 million Americans deal with a facial skin condition called rosacea. Although it is a common condition, many do not fully understand the skin disorder and have no idea what it is, how to recognize the symptoms, and what to do to improve the condition. Rosacea is characterized by a reddish complexion, easy flushing, and often an acne-like eruption in the central facial and nose area. Many patients who have struggled with rosacea over their lifetime have reported that it has a dramatic negative impact on their self-confidence, as well as their business and personal lives. More than half of individuals with rosacea have reported missing work and social engagements due to the condition and stated that rosacea has negatively affected professional interactions.
The symptoms of rosacea can be easy to spot. Individuals with rosacea may notice redness on their face, which can spread from the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Pimples may appear, bumps may be noticeable, and small blood vessels may become visible. Patients may even experience itchy, watery eyes with more severe cases of rosacea. When these symptoms are seen, it is important to visit a dermatological team to receive proper diagnosis and to receive effective treatment. While there is no cure, it can be controlled, and the redness can be treated to the point where it no longer affects one’s self-esteem and relationships.
There are many treatment options available. Most patients with mild to moderate rosacea may benefit from topical therapies. This can provide dramatic improvement in rosacea papules and pustules. Patients dealing with more redness and visible blood vessels may be greatly improved with new topical medication that constricts the blood vessels. For a more permanent cure, laser therapy can be extremely effective.
To determine the appropriate treatment plan for rosacea patients, the doctor consults with patients, provides thorough examinations, and reviews medical history to ensure proper diagnosis. Once the severity of the condition has been determined, the doctor may suggest the first course of treatment. Sometimes therapies require trial and error, but the dermatological team of the Center For Dermatology Cosmetic And Laser Surgery will work closely with patients to find out which solution works best for their specific type of rosacea.