What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a common chronic facial skin condition seen mainly in women after the age of 30. The four main features are redness, small dilated blood vessels, bumps, and pimples. It primarily affects the central face (cheeks and nose) and is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. Eye abnormalities are common with rosacea and range from mild to severe. Rosacea is easy to treat but there is no cure to obliterate all symptoms permanently.
What are the symptoms of rosacea?
Rosacea mainly occurs on the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin. The main features of rosacea are flushing, permanent redness, bumps, pustules, and dilated blood vessels (couperosis). The two diagnostic signs of Rosacea are persistent redness and skin thickening. Blushing can be triggered by, for example, emotions, heat, sunlight, hot or alcoholic drinks, hot or spicy foods, and menopause. If you suspect rosacea we recommend booking a consultation with one of our highly trained and experienced dermatologists in the Upper West Side, New York.
What causes rosacea?
Rosacea usually develops around the age of 30 and it mainly affects people with a light skin type. This condition is more common in women but tends to be more severe in men. The cause of rosacea is still unknown but recent studies show a connection to neurovascular dysregulation and the innate immune system. The severity of rosacea can be influenced by external factors, which can increase symptoms.
Examples of external factors that may trigger symptoms:
- Hot or cold temperatures
- Skincare products
- Certain medicines such as corticosteroids (adrenal cortex hormones)
- Spicy food
Is there a treatment for rosacea?
Because the symptoms of rosacea can vary from one patient to another, our Upper West Side dermatologist tailors the NYC treatment. Even if rosacea is a chronic condition, it can be treated to manage and control the symptoms. The most effective treatment options are oral and topical antibiotics, topical moisturizers, and oils or laser treatments.
Antibiotics reduce inflammation, pimples, and redness by killing the bacterias on the skin. Laser treatment can be effective in removing redness and visible blood vessels. With mild rosacea, external treatment with a cream or gel is first chosen. If this does not help enough, our Upper West Side dermatologist may prescribe tablets. Severe rosacea can be treated with a combination of tablets, cream or gel, and laser therapy.
Rosacea consultation, Upper West Side New York
If you suffer from rosacea, please call our office or book a rosacea consultation online at our NYC Advanced Dermatology clinic in the Upper West Side. Our team of specialists will provide you with all the information you need to know about rosacea and make a treatment plan that suits you best. We strive to provide you with the best forms of treatments based on the latest research and technology.
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