The red flushing of rosacea doesn’t, unfortunately, add a healthy glow to the skin of your face. Instead, it creates a blotchy, uneven skin appearance that might create an impression of permanent embarrassment. This common skin condition can even create pustules that look like acne well beyond your teen years.
There’s no cure for rosacea, and researchers don’t fully understand why it happens. Flare-ups come and go, sometimes predictably and other times less so. As skin care specialists, we at Bayview General Medicine can help you get rosacea under control. Starting with an accurate diagnosis, we work with you to develop an effective treatment plan to help minimize flare-ups.
Rosacea can be a complex condition to manage. Despite it being common, there are things that many don’t know about the condition. To increase your understanding about rosacea, we’re expanding on five important facts about rosacea flare-ups.
1. It’s not adult acne
Because of its pimple-like pustules, rosacea may be mistaken for an adult acne outbreak. Treating rosacea as you would treat acne is a recipe for disaster. The harsh formulations of acne treatment medications meant to clear away the oils and skin cells that cause acne will only further damage the skin in the midst of a rosacea flare-up. That’s why an accurate diagnosis from Dr. Richard Blanchar is so important for the successful treatment of rosacea.
2. Many things can trigger rosacea flare-ups
Your flare-ups may trace back to certain foods, medications, or environmental conditions. Exposure to any of these may lead to a rosacea outbreak for you, where the effects quickly pass for others. Common rosacea triggers include:
- Sun and wind exposure
- Hot and cold temperature extremes
- Exercise or exertion
- Emotional responses
- Hot drinks
- Spicy foods
- Alcoholic beverages
- Medications that dilate blood vessels, like high blood pressure drugs
- Some skin and hair care products
- Some cosmetic brands
Rosacea isn’t caused by poor hygiene or insufficient washing. Since the condition makes your skin hypersensitive, excess or vigorous washing can make rosacea worse.
3. Rosacea can affect your mental health
Rosacea sufferers have a depression risk that’s five times higher than the average population. The visible effects of a rosacea flare-up can make you self-conscious. Three-quarters of rosacea patients report having low self-esteem.
4. Rosacea may affect your eyes
Ocular rosacea describes your condition when you show symptoms in your eyes during an outbreak. You may have frequent styes, and your eyes might be red and irritated. Watery eyes are common, even though they feel dry and gritty. Conjunctivitis and other eye conditions may arise as rosacea complications.
5. Rosacea can be controlled
You can improve your response to rosacea flare-ups through trigger avoidance, targeted medications, and innovative treatments using cosmetic lasers. Drugs include topical creams and gels as well as oral antibiotics and, for some cases of rosacea, oral isotretinoin.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Blanchar and his team to investigate your rosacea. Call our office directly or use our online booking tool to book your appointment. The answer for your rosacea flare-ups is out there. Let’s find it together.