Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin condition which causes redness on the facial area and often causes small pimple-like bumps in the affected area which can be mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction, or some other skin problem. Rosacea can also sometimes appear on the chest, back, or neck. More intense cases can affect the eyes, causing major irritation and uncontrolled watering of the eyes. Rosacea now affects well over 14 million Americans, mostly over the age of 30. It is a poorly understood disorder, and a majority of those affected aren’t even aware of it. If left untreated, Rosacea tends to worsen over time.

Emotional Effects
Rosacea can be distressing. In fact, according to National Rosacea Society report, “More than 76 percent of Rosacea patients said their condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41 percent reported that it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements. Among Rosacea patients with severe symptoms, 88 percent said the disorder had adversely affected their professional interactions, and 51 percent said they had even missed work because of their condition.”

Symptoms
Any of the following symptoms can be a warning sign and signal to see a doctor for diagnosis and appropriate treatment before the symptoms become increasingly severe:

– Persistent facial redness (sometimes accompanied by visible blood vessels)
– Red bumps or acne-like pimples in the reddened area around the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead
– A drying or thickening of the skin which can become sensitive, burn, or sting
– Eye problems (about half report dryness, irritation, swelling, or reddening of the eyes or eyelids)
– Enlarged nose (rarely, and seen more often in men)

Treatments and Drugs
Even though the cause of Rosacea is still unknown and there is no cure, after a thorough examination and diagnosis the doctor will prescribe treatments, medications, or new laser procedures which have been developed to control and reduce the signs, symptoms, and affects of this stressful disease.

Lifestyle Factors and Triggers
The doctor will also help you identify those lifestyle or environmental factors that can “trigger” your Rosacea episodes in order to avoid them. Potential “triggers” the doctor will investigate include:

– Medical Conditions
– Alchohol
– Hot or Spicy Foods or Beverages
– Prescription Drugs
– Skin Care Products
– Temperature Extremes
– Sunlight
– Hot baths or saunas
– Physical Exertion
– Emotional influences (such as stress, anger, or embarrassment)

We Can Help
Because Rosacea can have such a highly visible effect on our appearance it can cause significant social, psychological, or work-related problems if left untreated. At Cordera Medspa we are here to help. Our doctors and staff are trained to help reverse and control the signs and symptoms of Rosacea. If it appears you have Rosacea, please call to set up an examination and consultation today.