How Can You Recognize Rosacea?
Sometimes referred to as “adult acne,” rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition that causes swelling and redness on the face. Rosacea may also be characterized by visible blood vessels, a flushed appearance, and small, red bumps that may appear similar to acne. As rosacea is a chronic condition, symptoms may not always be visible, flaring up for a period of time and eventually going away on their own.
About 50% of those who suffer from rosacea may also experience symptoms of irritated, dry, swollen eyes, red eyelids, and/or an enlarged or nose. Rosacea can thicken the skin on the nose, creating a more bulbous appearance.
It’s important to note that rosacea can affect anyone regardless of age. However, it’s most common among middle-aged, light-skinned women. Men who have rosacea are more prone to experience the symptom of an enlarged nose.
Rosacea Treatments at The Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center of Wilmington
During the onset of rosacea, patients may be unaware of the developing condition. Our board-certified dermatologists at The Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center of Wilmington are here to help diagnose rosacea, especially in the early stages, where it may appear similar to other skin conditions that respond to different treatments than those used for rosacea. We don’t recommend attempting to self-diagnose or treat, as some over-the-counter skincare products may worsen the condition.
In our Wilmington, North Carolina dermatology office, we offer a variety of treatment options designed to lessen the symptoms and reduce flare ups over time. Our dermatologists work closely with each patient to ensure that the treatment plan works with the patient’s lifestyle.
There are many treatment options available for rosacea, ranging from topical medications to oral antibiotics. Your dermatologist can tailor a treatment plan that best fits your pattern of rosacea and help you identify factors that may exacerbate the condition.
Many people with rosacea benefit from using skincare products that are gentle and free of irritants, such as fragrance. Our dermatologists are happy to help you identify potential irritating ingredients in your skincare and cosmetics and make product recommendations that may help reduce those symptoms.
Rosacea Before & After Photos
If you think that you may have rosacea, let our board-certified dermatologists help you create a personalized treatment plan to manage the symptoms. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.