If you have redness, thickened skin, or visible blood vessels on your face, you may have rosacea. Rosacea can make you feel embarrassed about your appearance, and affect your social life and self-esteem. Dr. Kim Neyman at Elevation Dermatology can help you manage rosacea and provides treatment options to minimize symptoms, so your confidence in your appearance is restored. If you live in the Denver, Colorado, area, call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Rosacea is a benign skin condition that can cause redness, visible blood vessels, and tiny bumps on the skin of the face, neck, or chest. Rosacea can affect anyone, but it’s most common in women between the age of 30-50. People with fair skin are more likely to have rosacea, especially those of Scandinavian descent.
In addition to genetic factors, sun damage to the capillaries, bacteria, and skin mites can cause rosacea.
Rosacea symptoms can come and go; certain foods, exercise, alcohol, sun exposure, or skin care products may trigger flare-ups.
The most common symptoms of rosacea include:
Rosacea can also cause eye problems, including redness, stinging or pain or eyelid cysts.
There is no specific test for rosacea. A skin examination by an experienced dermatologist such as Dr. Neyman, who can differentiate your symptoms from other conditions, is the best way to determine if you have rosacea.
There’s no cure for rosacea, but Dr. Neyman can help you manage the condition, and prevent complications. Untreated rosacea can cause a condition known as rhinophyma, in which the oil glands in your skin enlarge, which in turn creates a buildup of tissue.
Dr. Neyman customizes your treatment plan to the specifics of your diagnosis.
Treatment options may include:
Laser treatments, light therapy, or dermabrasion may also be advised to clear congested capillaries, reduce redness, and remove thickened skin.
In addition, Dr. Neyman may recommend that you reduce stress, avoid vigorous exercise, and other lifestyle changes to minimize triggers. These may include:
Avoiding environmental triggers, such as wind and extreme temperatures which cause the skin to flush, may also help prevent rosacea flare-ups.
Whether your rosacea is mild, or more severe, Dr. Neyman can help you feel better about your skin and your appearance. To learn more about the management of rosacea symptoms, call Elevation Dermatology today or schedule a consultation online.