What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition which affects millions of Americans.  For those who suffer from rosacea, red, inflamed skin across the face is a regular and bothersome occurrence.  When the condition flares up, the skin may feel hot, tender and sensitive.  Other symptoms may begin to crop up as well, including acne-like breakouts or eye sensitivities such as dryness, redness, or itchiness.  These symptoms may be more troublesome at some times than others, and as age progresses, they may become more permanent. 

Who Gets Rosacea?

Rosacea can affect anyone regardless of age, race, or gender.  However, there are a few factors which may increase your likelihood of developing the condition. 

·        Between the ages of 30-50

·        Fair skin and light-colored hair and eyes

·        Of Northern European descent

·        Experiencing menopause

Rosacea Treatment

Rosacea has no cure, but through treatment, it can be controlled or even become entirely unnoticeable.  As with most conditions, treatments are largely more effective when they are started in the earlier stages.  Of course, not all patients have the same experience with rosacea and treatment will need to be tailored to meet individual needs.  Depending on the symptoms you are experiencing, you may be prescribed antibiotics to combat breakouts or recommended laser treatments such as those performed using pulsed dye lasers.  Additionally, your dermatologist can recommend gels, creams, and cosmetics that are mild enough for sensitive, rosacea skin.

Learn More about Rosacea

If you are suffering from rosacea, there are treatment options available which may be able to improve your condition and comfort level.  To learn more about these options and determine which ones are best to meet your specific needs, schedule a consultation and treatment with our Baton Rouge dermatology clinic or Lafayette dermatology clinic.