Affecting approximately 5 percent of Americans, rosacea is a common but poorly understood chronic inflammatory skin disorder. Primarily affecting the face, the disease causes the small blood vessels to dilate, creating a red or flushed skin tone. While the precise cause of the disorder is unknown, it is believed that rosacea has a genetic component and environmental triggers.
Individuals with the condition can experience flare-ups when exposed to extremely hot or cold weather, as well as high humidity levels and strong winds. Drinking alcohol, eating spicy foods and experiencing stress or anxiety can also cause a flare-up. Rosacea is more prevalent in individuals with fair skin, as well as those with English, Scottish or Irish ancestry. The skin condition is more common in women, especially those going through menopause.
Along with persistent redness, the medical condition can cause burning and stinging sensations, papule or pustule spots and visible blood vessels below the skin. Severe rosacea can lead to the thickening of facial skin, as well as inflamed eyelids and conjunctivitis, which is commonly known as pink eye. The skin disorder is often mistaken for eczema, acne or a skin allergy. If the lymphatic system is overwhelmed, rosacea can cause fluid retention that results in facial swelling.
Rosacea is a relapsing-remitting condition, which means that symptoms generally come and go. There is no known cure for this skin condition. While a mild case may not require treatment, a severe one may require the simultaneous use of several different therapeutic interventions.
Treatment options depend upon the severity of the condition, but rosacea can worsen over time if left untreated. IPL photo facials and clinical facials are a great way to improve facial imperfections caused by it.
The changes in your physical appearance during a flare-up may have a significant impact on your social and psychological well-being. It can also affect how you feel about yourself and interact with others.
Many of the symptoms of rosacea can be controlled with treatment. If you suffer from the side effects of rosacea, make an appointment at Advanced Anti-Aging and Weight Loss in Evansville. We will discuss your medical history, examine your skin and determine any possible triggers that you might have.
Based on the results, we will develop the best course of action to treat the condition. With proper care and treatment, your symptoms can be better controlled, resulting in an improved appearance. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.