Did you know, April is Rosacea Awareness Month? The professionals at Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute are here to help provide answers and raise awareness for this commonly misunderstood disorder. By understanding the causes which affect over 16 million Americans and treatment options, we can help bring more light to rosacea.
Rosacea commonly affects Caucasian people, in the age range of 30 – 60, of mostly Irish and Scandinavian descent, with a higher percentage of women being affected within these groups. People with darker skin pigmentation may also be suffering from Rosacea. though darker skin tends to hide the telltale signs. Common symptoms include facial redness in the center of the face (forehead, cheeks, chin and nose), accompanied by facial swelling and burning. Broken blood vessels often appear at the surface of the skin, causing a blushing effect. This redness can also worsen and lead to the formation of bumps and pimple-like blemishes. Rosacea can also affect the eyes, with 50% of all rosacea sufferers experiencing swelling and puffiness of the eyelids. In men, rosacea typically exhibits its symptoms in the thickening of the skin, with swelling of the nose.
With so many people being affected by rosacea, the exact causes of rosacea are not known. Common misconceptions are that rosacea is caused by bacteria or is contagious, and is capable of being spread person-to-person, via direct or indirect contact. These speculations are incorrect; there is no evidence of these being the causes. Certain factors can trigger the condition, such as heat, including hot baths, heavy exercise, sunlight, winds, very cold temperatures, hot or spicy foods, drinking alcohol, menopause, emotional stress, and long-term use of steroids on the face. Some genetic factors are believed to play a role in the manifestation of rosacea symptoms., but again, the most likely culprit is your racial makeup, as Caucasians tend to experience rosacea in higher numbers.
The key in ridding your skin of your rosacea symptoms is immediate treatment, as rosacea will often just worsen over time, without intervention. Several treatments exist to help curb the symptoms, including topical gels and anti-inflammatory face washes. More serious rosacea cases can be treated with anti-inflammatory oral medications and laser treatments. These are highly recommended, as they help in removing the broken blood vessels and other unsightly effects of rosacea that usually do not respond to less active treatments, such as topical creams. A treatment we offer at Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute is Forever Young BBL Photofacial Laser Treatment, which not only provides anti-aging solutions, but tackles age spots, tiny broken blood vessels, and other benign lesions. This treatment is an innovative technology that uniquely delivers light therapy targeting your problem areas and effectively provides a more refreshed, rejuvenated appearance.Learn more about the Forever Young BBL Photofacial Laser Treatment here.
If you are suffering from rosacea, remember that you are not alone. With so many treatments available and courses of action to take, your rosacea symptoms can be a thing of the past, and the experts at Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute provide the trusted solutions, products and services to get you there. To learn more, visit us online or call to book an appointment today.