Estimates suggest that one in 10 Americans suffer from rosacea, a skin condition that can affect the face, neck, and chest. Common symptoms include redness, visible veins on the face, pustules, skin thickening, and dryness.
Depending on how the symptoms manifest themselves and where they appear, there are several types of rosacea:
- Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is characterized by redness and flushing on the face
- Papulopustular rosacea is characterized by pustules
- Phymatous rosacea is characterized by skin thickening, skin discoloration, and scarring
- Ocular rosacea is characterized by redness and irritation in the eyes
Severe cases of rosacea can lead to blurred vision, scarring, and an enlarged, bulbous nose.
Fortunately, there are many ways you can prevent rosacea from progressing. Read on to find out how Dr. Gail Zimmerman treats rosacea and how you can avoid flare-ups.
Rosacea can be triggered by the following:
- Sun exposure
- Certain skincare products
- Psychological stress
- Intense exercises
- Hot and cold temperatures
Although the causes of rosacea are poorly understood, diet plays a big role in managing the disease. About 95% of the participants said they experienced fewer rosacea flare-ups after changing their diet to accommodate their food sensitivities. Keeping a food diary to find out how you react to certain foods may be helpful.
Low-grade, systemic inflammation may be another cause of rosacea. Inflammation can occur due to air pollutants common in urban areas and a diet high in refined sugar and omega-6 fatty acids.
Dr. Zimmerman specializes in evening out skin tone and reducing the appearance of scars with the help of laser therapy.
Exfoliation and microdermabrasion are also options for patients who want to even out their skin tone. In addition to laser therapy, she may also recommend oral medications and topical treatments.
Patients suffering from severe inflammation and flare-ups may benefit from antibiotics. Antibiotics are commonly used to fight off bacteria, but they can also relieve inflammation and reduce swelling caused by rosacea pustules.
Getting relief for rosacea
Rosacea is a complex skin disease that often requires personalized treatments, as individuals have different sensitivities and skin needs. Rosacea can cause severe damage to the eyes and skin if left untreated.
Rosacea may also be a manifestation of low-grade systemic inflammation. It could also indicate that your current lifestyle or the supplements you’re taking are worsening your health outcomes.
If rosacea is making your day-to-day life harder, contact us to schedule an appointment. Dr. Zimmerman will examine your skin, look at your medical records, and determine the best course of action.