Rosacea

Rosacea

Rosacea Treatment in Gainesville, FL

Whether it develops in childhood or adulthood, living with the symptoms of rosacea can be uncomfortable if left untreated. Estimated to affect over 16 million adults, rosacea is a common skin condition that can often be mistaken for acne, skin rash and other skin problems. Gainesville Dermatology & Skin Surgery develops personalized treatments for all types of skin conditions, including dermatology surgery. If you're suffering from rosacea or another skin condition, contact our office today.  

Five Fast Facts on Rosacea

  1. Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that commonly affects the face
  2. This condition can become worse over time if left untreated
  3. Symptoms include blushing easily and inflamed blood vessels
  4. Exact causes of rosacea are unknown, but triggers can be easily identified
  5. While there is no cure for rosacea, symptoms can be treated for comfort and manageability of the skin condition

Four Common Types of Rosacea

Though rosacea exists in many forms, the most common types occur in four categories:

  • Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea: Central flushing, redness and swelling of the face, accompanied by burning or swelling. Visible or broken blood vessels are also common.
  • Papulopustular Rosacea: The classic presentation of rosacea in patients. Symptoms include redness, swelling and breakouts similar to that of acne.
  • Phymatous Rosacea: Symptoms include thickening of the skin and irregular surface nodules of the nose, chin, forehead and ears.
  • Ocular Rosacea: This type of rosacea causes the eyelids to become red, swollen and irritated.

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 Triggers

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.