Posted by Kali Glover & filed under .

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a prevalent skin condition and many who have it may not even know it. Over 14 million Americans suffer from this condition, with symptoms varying from persistent redness and/or flushing, to broken blood vessels, burning/stinging skin and irritated eyes. Symptoms can take many forms, which leads to the question, what is rosacea?

“Rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder primarily of the facial skin, often characterized by flare-ups and remissions.”–
Onset typically peaks between ages 30 – 60; however, it can occur at any age, even childhood. Women and men with fair skin are typically diagnosed more often, more so women than men.

This skin condition has for subtypes:

  • Subtype 1 (erythematotelangiectatic) can include persistent redness and/or flushing, as well as broken blood vessels.

  • Subtype 2 (papulopustular) also has persistent redness and pimple-like bumps.

  • Subtype 3 (phymatous) can cause augmentation of the nose and thickening of the skin.

  • Subtype 4 (ocular) affects the eyes, resulting in potential vision loss, swelling, burning or watery eyes.

  • There are many things that can worsen symptom, they are known as triggers. Triggers may include sun, stress, heat, wind, alcohol, caffeine, spicy food, cold, medications, and harsh skin products or procedures. Treatment for the irritation caused by flare-ups and triggers can include various oral and topical prescription medications. A non-irritating skin care routine is often recommended, in addition to daily sunscreen use. Lasers or BBL are also used to treat the redness and dilated blood vessels.

    If you are suffering from its effects or are concerned you are experiencing onset rosacea don’t let it go untreated, consult the experts at Collins Advanced Dermatology Insitute. Book an appointment online or give us a call at 512.379.6090.

    For more information on cosmetic services, explore our monthly specials and stay tuned for more features on Skin Health 101.