Rosacea is a chronic skin condition most commonly characterized by flushing and blushing in the nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. In some cases, pimples, swelling, and dilated blood vessels are seen. While is not “curable,” the right rosacea treatment can significantly improve symptoms.
The occasional outbreak of facial redness is natural. We all get flushed due to stress, sun exposure, and even too much heat. For women, a change in hormones can trigger days of “blushing” that might culminate in an acne breakout or fade on its own. For men, exposure to the elements – particularly as the weather transitions from summer to fall – can cause some rosy cheeks or a flushed nose. But consistent redness in the face, that’s different. It’s embarrassing and frustrating, and it could be a sign that you have rosacea.
Anyone can develop rosacea. It’s more likely to occur in people with fair skin who smoke, are over 30, or have a family history of it. Women are more likely to develop the condition versus men, and people who experience sun damage have a higher risk factor.
The most common signs and symptoms of rosacea include:
Experts don’t know what causes rosacea, but according to Medical News Today, they have identified factors that are thought to contribute:
Rosacea is known to have triggers that vary person to person. Identifying and avoiding triggers can help manage symptoms. Some of the most common include:
Identifying and limiting triggers is only half the battle. Successful treatment includes addressing the skin’s inflammation. Your doctor might prescribe medications and camouflaging creams to mask it, but you may find better relief at your local MedSpa.
MedSpas like Dermacare have been helping people with rosacea for years. Our recommended treatment approach is called BBL or broadband light therapy. FotoFacial BBL is our go-to rosacea treatment. The light energy kills bacteria in the skin, eliminates fine vessels that cause redness, and reduces inflammation, halting the progression of rosacea.
FotoFacial BBL isn’t a cure for rosacea, but it can effectively manage symptoms and reduce inflammation. In most cases, FotoFacial is used monthly until symptoms are under control. Maintenance is then recommended every two to four months depending on the individual. It’s also important to apply the right sunscreen regularly to aid in controlling symptoms. Our team of medical experts can help you choose the best skincare products and set up a customized BBL treatment.
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