If red pimples and bumps begin to erupt on your nose and the middle of your cheeks in your 20s, you may need treatment for rosacea. This is an inflammation that affects the middle of your face. It can also appear on the forehead and around the mouth.
Flushing is a very common characteristic of rosacea sufferers. Certain foods, heat, alcohol and exercise can aggravate and bring on rosacea. It can affect the face, scalp, back and chest.
There are other conditions that can be mistaken for rosacea. You may think that these pimples, pustules and cysts are just an adult outbreak of acne but rosacea does not in itself give rise to blackheads which are a characteristic feature of acne. To add to the confusion, you may hear your physician referring to your condition as “acne rosacea”!
The exact cause of rosacea is not clear, although it does tend to run in families, which suggests a genetic link. It is also thought that the body’s immune response to certain stimulae plays a part.
What we do know is that exposure to certain things can help bring on a bout of rosacea. Some food and drink can aggravate the condition, particularly spicy food and alcohol, but sufferers will show different levels of sensitivity as well.
While there are many prescription treatments used to control rosacea, there is no known cure. Prescription antibiotics control the inflammation. Our skin experts at Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery use the latest techniques, such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Aerolase, to erase the blood vessels in rosacea and clear the bumps.
To make sure you are using the right products for your rosacea, we recommend that you have your skin assessed by a Trillium Creek Dermatology skin expert. Call us today at 330.725.0569