Minimizing Rosacea Outbreaks

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes a reddish discoloration and swelling reaction in the skin of the face, forehead and chin, but it may also affect other areas of the body.  Many people each year become afflicted, and former president Bill Clinton was known to suffer from this ailment.

This condition can become chronic and potentially very disruptive to your daily life. One of the most important considerations for people with rosacea is to know the best ways to manage the symptoms, which can range from redness, flushing, and pimples to skin thickening, eye irritation, and swelling.

While medical treatment from your dermatologist is highly recommended, another way to mitigate the effects of rosacea is to notice the common triggers that could lead to it in the first place and avoid them.

Rosacea Triggers

The following are some of the most common triggers that can cause rosacea outbreaks:

  • UV exposure
  • Depression, stress and anxiety
  • Temperature extremes
  • Strong, biting winds
  • Too much exercise
  • Too much alcohol consumption
  • Hot baths and saunas
  • Hot and spicy foods
  • High humidity
  • Cosmetics that contain alcohol or artificial fragrance
  • Medications

Some of the warning signs to determine if you have rosacea include the following:

  • Facial redness, especially in the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin
  • Tiny, visible blood vessels on the face
  • Bumps that look like acne
  • Swelling or irritation of the eye area

If left untreated, rosacea continues to worsen over time, so seeing a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment is very important. Dr. Juan VaillantofOld Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.