If you are among the 14 million people in this country troubled with rosacea, you know how distressing this skin condition can be. You also know how frustrating it is to waste money on one ineffective over the counter rosacea “cure” after another. In truth, there is no cure for rosacea, but with professional treatment at Associates in Dermatology (with offices in Westlake, Middleburg Heights, and Lorain, OH), you can enjoy a clearer complexion.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is an immune disorder that presents as patches of reddened skin, diffuse redness, and sometimes pimples. Rosacea can impact eyes but otherwise is not a serious health threat. However, rosacea on the face is usually a source of social discomfort. Since the rosacea skin condition most often affects light-skinned ethnicities (and women more than men), it is especially noticeable and problematic.
It usually begins as persistent flushing across the central portion of the face and is sometimes also seen on the scalp, ears, neck, and chest. Over time superficial blood vessels may develop, as well as pimple-like bumps. Ocular rosacea causes discomfort in the eyes, and in some, rosacea can result in rhinophyma – disfigurement of the nose.
Treatment in Westlake, OH that works for your rosacea
In mild cases, rosacea natural treatment may be effective. One of the highly qualified doctors at Associates in Dermatology works closely with you to determine rosacea causes specific to your situation.
Your treatment path then involves avoiding personal triggers such as:
- Exposure to temperature extremes and wind
- Strenuous exercise
- Sun exposure and sunburn
- Stress and anxiety
- Alcoholic beverages
- Spicy foods
- Histamine-laden foods (yogurt, bacon, aged cheese, and others)
- Certain medications
- Irritating skin cleansers, acne treatments, or exfoliation procedures
If redness persists, the doctor may recommend medical grade skin care products for rosacea, to relieve discomfort (itching, burning, or tenderness). Medical treatments help to reduce the frequency, duration, and severity of flare-ups. These may include topical medications or oral antibiotics, or VBeam laser therapy to eliminate redness. Daily use of sunscreen is essential to protect skin affected by rosacea.
At Associates in Dermatology, you are an important part of your rosacea treatment planning team. Call (440) 482-8323 for care tailored to your condition and lifestyle.