What causes Rosacea?
Rosacea is more commonly called adult acne but is actually redness and swelling on the face. Rosacea can also involve the forehead; chin; nose; ears; chest; and back.
Rosacea can create pustular formations but no blackheads. In most cases, however, rosacea only affects the face causing thickening of the skin; redness and flushing; dry itchy eyes and even vision problems at times.
Rosacea does get worse over time with no treatment or intervention.
There are many types of rosacea such as ocular rosacea; phymatous rosacea; papulopustular rosacea; and erythematotelangiectatic rosacea.
There is no known “cause” for rosacea but there are many “triggers” which cause it to flare up. Triggers can include some foods like dairy or spicy foods; stress; lack of sleep; heat; alcohol; and too much sunlight.
Treatments range with the severity of each case or breakout.
There are topical medications; oral medications and laser treatments.
The most common treatment is oral medication and at times, laser. The laser treatment is meant for those patients with more severe cases. Laser treatment uses intense pulsed light to shrink the telangiectasia (visible blood vessels). This is performed in the office and has no downtime.
It is always recommended you consult with your dermatologist to determine the best treatment option for your rosacea!