Many patients suffer from rosacea, a common chronic skin condition. While rosacea can’t be cured, many treatment options are available to help relieve symptoms like redness, inflammation and acne. Patients in the Poulsbo, Washington area can turn to the experts at West Sound Dermatology.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition which causes redness, inflammation and pimples on the skin. Some patients may also have symptoms affecting the eyes. The most common symptom is redness across the cheeks and nose, which looks similar to consistent flushing. Small red lines that look similar to spider veins are also common, and patients can experience acne, swelling or thickening skin. Finally, the eyes may be itchy or dry.
Common Rosacea Triggers
Most rosacea patients will experience periodic flare-ups due to specific triggers. Common rosacea triggers include:
- Extreme cold or hot temperatures
- Alcohol consumption
- Hot or spicy foods
- Sun or wind exposure
- Intense emotions and stress
- Irritation from cosmetics
- Certain medications
Rosacea Treatment Options
Several treatment options are available for rosacea. Medications, professional in-office treatments and a suitable at-home skincare routine are typically recommended.
Your provider may recommend a prescription topical to reduce redness such as brimonidine or oxymetazoline. Other topical treatments such as antibiotics can also be prescribed to reduce acne.
Laser or phototherapy treatments may be beneficial for rosacea patients. Combining these treatments with professional-quality products to use at home will help reduce irritation.