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Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects more than 16 million Americans and is often unprofessionally misdiagnosed as acne due to the red bumps that may present as a symptom. While there are many over-the-counter products that treat acne, it’s important to note that these products may cause increased irritation to rosacea affected skin.
Our board-certified dermatologists at Brentwood Dermatology near Nashville provide professional diagnosis, helping patients find clear, beautiful skin.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition characterized by inflammation of the dermis, typically around the face. Though sometimes referred to as adult acne, rosacea is a chronic condition that may not always present symptoms.
At Brentwood Dermatology in Brentwood, Tennessee, our board-certified dermatologists provide expert diagnosis and treatment to manage the symptoms of rosacea. Our comfortable office offers our patients in the Nashville Metro office a compassionate place to find relief from rosacea.
Rosacea symptoms and treatment options
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that causes redness and swelling across the face, with many patients experiencing symptoms on their cheeks and around the nose. Additional symptoms include:
Though rosacea can affect people of all ages, light-skinned, middle-aged women are most prone to succumb to this skin condition.
Our treatment options at Brentwood Dermatology include both topical and oral prescriptions:
When patients experience more advanced or complicated symptoms, our dermatologists may recommend electric needle or laser treatments.
During your appointment, our dermatologists will explain how to use the treatment, and it is important to follow the instructions for maximum relief. In some cases, creams or gels may only be applied for up to two weeks, while other prescriptions may require longer periods of time for effective treatments.
It’s important to seek a professional diagnosis and treatment plan when experiencing symptoms of rosacea, as some over-the-counter medications can worsen the condition. When experiencing a flare-up, be advised only to use skincare products and cosmetics that are free of irritants.
Rosacea typically presents as red, inflamed skin with visible blood vessels. As the condition is developing, patients may not experience these symptoms, so it’s important to seek a professional diagnosis before symptoms worsen.
Unfortunately, flare-ups can happen in patients with rosacea. The best way to avoid these flare-ups is to identify potential triggers and avoid those. However, when a flare-up does occur, patients can try placing ice packs or other soothing salves, such as green tea extract or aloe vera, to alleviate the inflammation.
There is no cure for rosacea, but patients may experience remissions over the course of the condition. Because it is a chronic condition, there may be times where the patient believes it to have simply gone away, though this cannot be proven. If symptoms decrease and it seems to have gone into remission, seek a diagnosis from one of our board-certified dermatologists for confirmation.
While triggers may vary from person to person, common triggers include:
- Spicy foods
- Hot coffee or tea
If you’re unsure what could be triggering for your rosacea, our dermatologists can help you determine what is causing your flare-ups so that you can avoid those triggers.