Do you blush easily or turn beet red when embarrassed? You may be one of the millions of people with rosacea. There are several forms of rosacea, and most are more common in women than men. The majority of people with rosacea are between 40-60 years old. The number one thing patients say when diagnosed with rosacea is “but I didn’t have this before!” The response is typically that rosacea is something that you grow into, often appearing as early as your late 20s. Early evaluation can make a big difference in outcome, and at Day Dermatology & Aesthetics we take your rosacea seriously. We will craft a personalized treatment plan for you.
Rosacea occurs when a trigger causes the blood vessels in the skin to open, leading to diffuse redness of the face. This often leads to a rash that looks similar to acne, along with broken blood vessels.
Interesting fact: rosacea commonly affects the eyes. In fact, up to 60% of people with rosacea also experience inflammation of the eyes and the skin around the eyes.
1. The mildest type consists of occasional redness of the face, especially the forehead, central face, and chin.
2. In a second type, there is lasting redness with broken blood vessels (telangiectasia) and red bumps (papules) that look like acne.
3. In a more severe, third type of rosacea, there can be deeper cystic lesions that can be painful and lead to scarring.
4. In the fourth type of rosacea, more common in men, there is overgrowth of oil producing glands on the nose, leading to a bulbous nose.
Progression does not necessarily occur from one stage to the next. Rosacea can start at any stage and stabilize, worsen, or improve with treatment.
The exact cause of rosacea has perplexed doctors for decades! However, we know that anything that causes increased blood flow to the skin can aggravate rosacea. Some of the most common triggers include:
. Extremes in temperature
. Certain spices
. Personal triggers (Dr. Day's personal trigger is vinegar!)
While avoiding these common triggers can help mitigate your symptoms, the first step in managing your rosacea is to schedule a medical consultation. You do not have to live with persistent redness. Dr. Day will carefully evaluate your condition and create a treatment plan that works for you.