Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology & Dermatopathology located in Wheat Ridge, CO
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. At Elevation Dermatology we 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.
What is rosacea?
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.
What causes rosacea?
In addition to genetic factors, sun damage to the capillaries, bacteria, and skin mites can cause rosacea.
What are the symptoms of 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:
- Redness on the cheeks or nose
- Visible blood vessels
- Thickened skin on the nose
- Red, swollen bumps
Rosacea can also cause eye problems, including redness, stinging or pain or eyelid cysts.
How do I know if I have rosacea?
There is no specific test for rosacea. A skin examination by an experienced dermatologist such as us, who can differentiate your symptoms from other conditions, is the best way to determine if you have rosacea.
How is rosacea treated?
There’s no cure for rosacea, but At Elevation Dermatology we 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.
Elevation Dermatology customizes your treatment plan to the specifics of your diagnosis.
Treatment options may include:
- Topical creams that reduce redness
- Acne medications
Laser treatments may also be advised to clear congested capillaries, reduce redness, and remove thickened skin.
In addition, we may recommend that you reduce stress, avoid vigorous exercise, and other lifestyle changes to minimize triggers. These may include:
- Gentle skin care products
- Oil-free cosmetics
- Reduced sun exposure
- Daily use of sunscreen
- Avoiding spicy foods
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, At Elevation Dermatology 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.