What is Rosacea?

Redness and uneven skin tone on the face is a common concern for many people, but did you know there is a condition that could be the cause? Rosacea is a skin condition that usually appears on the face as redness, pimples, enlarged blood vessels, or frequent blushing.

Although the cause is unknown, rosacea affects over 16 million people in the U.S., many of whom are middle aged and older, have fair skin, or are going through menopause.

Symptoms can vary, as there are 4 subtypes of rosacea:

Erythematotelangiectatic – redness, frequent blushing or visible blood vessels

Papulopustular – acne-like breakouts and swelling associated with persistent redness

Phymatous – Bumpy, thickened skin, especially on the nose to cause an enlarged look

Ocular – Redness, burning, tearing in the eye and inflammation on the eyelids

How is it treated?

Following a diagnosis by a dermatologist, the following treatments may be recommended to manage symptoms:

  • Oral treatments
  • Topical treatments
  • Laser therapies
  • Dermabrasion
  • Electrosurgery

Using sunscreen regularly, avoiding stress and other potential triggers are also important ways to minimize rosacea outbreaks. For an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, always see a trusted board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology. Dr. Vaillant, who also specializes in anatomic and clinical pathology, has been helping patients for over 30 years with all types of skin, hair, and nail problems such as acne, eczema, skin cancer, dandruff, nail fungus, and hair loss. No matter what type of issue you have, Dr. Vaillant can help! Contact our office in Old Bridge, NJ by calling (732) 679-0222 and schedule an appointment today!