Symptoms of Rosacea
Symptoms of rosacea vary for every individual with rosacea. According to Gainesville dermatology experts at Gainesville Dermatology & Skin Surgery, these are four of the most common symptoms patients with rosacea experience.
Facial Redness & Flushing (Easily Blushing)
Flushing episodes cause face on the skin to turn bright red or pink and can last for up to five minutes before calming. Flushing can spread from the face down to the neck and chest. Individuals who experience flushing report skin feeling unpleasantly hot and tender during episodes.
Hyper-Reactive Facial Skin
Sometime mistaken for sensitive skin, those with rosacea often experience dilating of sensitive blood vessels due to touch or triggers, such as sunlight exposure. While sensitive skin is caused by sensitive skin cells, rosacea symptoms are caused by sensitive blood vessels.
Swollen Red Bumps
Individuals with rosacea often notice small spots, papules, and pustules on the face. This is also known as inflammatory rosacea. This symptom is often misdiagnosed as acne, however, with rosacea, the skin has no blackheads, unlike acne.
Eye Irritation & Enlarged Nose
Rosacea symptoms of eye irritation include bloodshot eyes, gritty sensation and burning in the eyes. The inside of the eyelids can become inflamed and appear scaly. Severe forms of rosacea can result in thickening of the skin in areas surrounding the nose, causing the nose to swell.
Rosacea is marked by intermittent flare-ups caused by environmental triggers. These triggers increase the blood flow to the skin’s surface and make daily life uncomfortable. A Gainesville dermatologist at Gainesville Dermatology & Skin Surgery, can help you identify which of these triggers aggravate your rosacea.
Certain Foods & Beverages
Consuming hot drinks and spicy foods can easily trigger flare ups. Steer clear of these and opt for non-spicy foods cool beverages.
Sunlight & Extreme Temperatures
Patients with rosacea often find that their symptoms become exacerbated when spending time outside. To avoid facial redness and flushing, wear a broad-brimmed hat, protective clothing and SPF, daily, to protect your skin from the sun and hot temperatures. In addition, avoid taking hot baths or using saunas.
Stress & Anxiety
Symptoms of stress and anxiety can trigger rosacea symptoms, cause redness and swelling. While everyone encounters moments of stress and anxiety, try meditating or taking deep breaths to avoid flare ups.
Gainesville Dermatology Rosacea Treatments
There are many over-the-counter treatments available to help ease symptoms of rosacea. A dermatologist in Gainesville will likely recommend the use of these medications and techniques:
- VBeam Laser: End rosacea and other vascular imperfections with VBeam Laser therapy. Treatments are safe, non-invasive and effective.
- Dermatologist prescribed topical medications: Calming creams and lotions, specially formulated to help reduce inflammation and redness from rosacea flare ups
- Avoid rosacea triggers: One of our Gainesville dermatologists will help you create a guideline for reducing the amount and duration of rosacea symptoms.
- Wear dermatologist-approved SPF daily: We have the highest quality skincare products that can help you manage your rosacea on a daily basis.
Dermatologist in Gainesville, FL
Symptoms of rosacea don’t have to take over your daily life. Gainesville Dermatology & Skin Surgery believes in determining the root cause and developing a treatment plan based on individual needs. This is our approach to everything we do, including rosacea treatment. To learn more about effectively treating the symptoms of rosacea, contact Gainesville Dermatology & Skin Surgery today.