We recognize at the Appearance Center that patients often have difficulty coping with the physical, emotional and life changes that rosacea forces upon them. For this reason, our staff members never hesitate to approach this topic with a frank discussion about treatment expectations. We want every patient to understand what we can and cannot accomplish with treatment:
Currently, there is no cure for rosacea. That said, a wide range of treatments exist that help patients reduce their flare-ups and symptoms and gain some measure of control over their appearance. Skin that looks and feels healthy is a critical component of overall physical and emotional health. When rosacea sufferers see a marked improvement in their skin they often take better care of not only their skin but also their bodies as they experience increased self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Rosacea Is Chronic: It usually appears at any age between the 30's and 60's and presents with intermittent lifelong flare-ups and remissions.
- Rosacea Isn't Limited: Although the symptoms of rosacea primarily affect the chin, cheeks, nose, forehead and eyes, it can appear in other areas.
- Rosacea Symptoms Vary: Symptoms can occur in patches or appear symmetrically on both sides of the face. Patients can also experience different symptoms at different levels.
Although symptoms never present exactly the same way with each patient, rosacea is categorized by certain symptoms that occur on their own or in some combination. Our experienced dermatologists look at a patient's symptoms and medical history to determine if a case is actually rosacea or another skin condition. Common rosacea symptoms:
- Papules and postules often mistaken for standard acne
- Redness, abnormal flushing and inflammation that make it appear like a person is embarrassed or has been in the heat or cold too long
- Excess tissue and skin thickening resulting from repeated untreated flare-ups of the above that can make the cheeks appear baggy and the nose appear bulbous
- Noticeable blood vessel dilation similar to spider veins
- Eye and eyelid symptoms that include red eye, burning, scratchy irritation, eyelid inflammation, crying, light sensitivity and decreased visual acuity.
The exact underlying causes of rosacea are unknown. Medical research studies have revealed several possibilities:
- Immune system dysfunction
- Abnormal inflammatory responses
- Abnormal blood vessel changes
- Connective tissue damage from injury or environmental exposures like wind, extreme temperatures and sunlight
- Skin and hair follicle irritation from reactions to bacteria
The National Rosacea Society recognizes that families of Eastern European, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Scandinavian descent experience higher numbers of rosacea cases. Researchers are currently looking for genetic links.
A wide variety of triggers set off rosacea flare-ups. Certain foods and drinks including alcohol and caffeine, cold exposure and stress dilate blood vessels. Heat exposure from sunlight, hot temperatures and showers or bathes, certain foods and spices, exercise, allergies and many beauty product ingredients can cause papules, pustules, redness, flushing and inflammation.
Once one of our experienced dermatologists confirms that a patient has rosacea, our first recommendation is trigger management. The key to lowering symptom levels is limiting exposures and situations that cause symptoms. For example, we might recommend dietary changes, sensitive skin care products, extreme temperature exposure reduction and/or stress management techniques depending on the symptoms.
We also treat certain symptoms with different invasive and non-invasive therapies. Special gel land oral medications can reduce papules and pustules, kill bacteria and reduce inflammation or allergy symptoms. A board certified surgeon can also perform vascular laser and surgical techniques to reduce the appearance of unsightly blood vessels and excess tissue. Treatments decisions are made based on a patient's specific needs and turned into a personalized treatment plan.
We know that rosacea and other conditions with similar symptoms have a serious impact on patient quality of life. Many patients reduce their social interactions because of embarrassment about their appearance. If you are struggling with rosacea symptoms, contact our caring team at our Appearance Center office on Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA in Orange County at (949) 200-1615 today to arrange a consultation. We offer both video and on-site initial consultations.