WHAT IS ROSACEA?
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness across the nose and cheeks. It can often be mistaken for other skin ailments, like acne or eczema, but can easily be treated if diagnosed correctly. Arizona Skin Institute in Surprise, AZ near Phoenix, uses several advanced solutions, like laser therapy, to lighten the skin and decrease the symptoms of this chronic disease. Rosacea can affect men and children, but it's most common among middle-aged women with fair skin. Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea, but it can be managed with routine care. If left untreated, rosacea can worsen over the years, causing symptoms to persist and flare up for weeks at a time. Leading dermatologist Dr. Jay Mehta can examine your skin for rosacea and develop a custom treatment plan to help keep outbreaks at bay.
WHAT CAUSES ROSACEA?
While the specific cause of rosacea is unknown, it's believed to be triggered by a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. People of Scandinavian or Celtic ancestry appear to have a greater incidence of rosacea. Additionally, most rosacea patients have relatives who suffer from either acne or rosacea. People who have bad acne have a higher risk of developing rosacea. Certain environmental, lifestyle, and emotional factors that increase blood circulation to the top of the skin are often considered triggers for rosacea. These may include spicy foods, alcohol, hot drinks, sun exposure, extreme temperatures, hot showers, anxiety, anger, embarrassment, overexertion, and specific drugs.
TREATMENTS FOR ROSACEA
Even though there's not currently a cure for rosacea, there are a number of treatment options available, like antibiotics that help with inflammation. You can use the medication in a capsule form or as a cream, gel, or lotion. Pills tend to be much more effective in the short run but can cause more side effects. If antibiotics are not effective, then acne medications, like isotretinoin, have worked for many patients. Surgery might be recommended for those who have developed enlarged blood vessels or discoloration that won't respond to other treatments. Laser procedures or electrosurgery may be chosen to reduce the look of blood vessels and to eliminate excessive tissue buildup across the nose.
RESTORE YOUR SELF-ESTEEM
Rosacea has not only physical symptoms but also psychological ones, as patients are often anxious in public or avoid social situations because of the redness. If you think you have rosacea, we invite you to call Arizona Skin Institute today to schedule a consultation so we can help you put your best face forward. Our exceptional team is knowledgeable about cutting-edge remedies that can help to manage your symptoms in order to attain clearer, brighter skin. Our office is located in Surprise, AZ, northwest of downtown Phoenix.