When you are a teenager, it is common to have acne. But as you grow old, you expect them to go away. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. More than 40 percent of people continue to have acne and oily skin issues after the age of 19, many even experience adult acne in their mid-20s, and some have a special kind of skin problem called rosacea.
That said, many people fail to understand what their facial redness or skin rashes are indicating. And for that reason, we are here to enlighten you about everything you want to know about rosacea. Let’s dive in!
What is Rosacea?
Most people think that the only symptoms of rosacea are bright red nose, cheeks, and forehead, with rough skin. While all these are some of the most common symptoms, rosacea can also take the form of bumps like adult acne, thickening of the nose, and redness along the eyelids, with crusting.
More than 20 percent of the population struggles with rosacea, being worst in middle-aged people. Rosacea is an adult disease, but it can sometimes start in childhood with facial flushing. It might worsen and develop into permanent redness on the nose, cheeks, and forehead throughout life.
Facial redness may start in the teenage years and start getting worse as you grow up.
Like other diseases, the best solution is to start treating it early instead of hoping that the skin rashes and redness will go away on their own. It is crucial to get it treated early, so it doesn’t progress into chronic flares that cause long-term skin redness.
What are the treatment options?
The first is to start being kind to your skin. Adopt a consistent skincare routine by including a gentle cleanser and moisturizer for rough, coarse skin. The redness in rosacea is likely to flare from a variety of triggers such as spicy foods, alcohol, hot or cold temperatures, emotional outbursts, windy weather, sun exposure, and so on.
However, just following a skincare routine isn’t going to fix rosacea. Why? Because it is of different types, and each type demands its unique treatment options. Let’s talk about them.
Unfortunately, skin or facial redness due to rosacea does not have many suitable treatments. You can find some medications such as Brimonidine, a gel that you can rub on the skin to reduce redness. You may benefit more from laser treatments that help keep the blood vessels from becoming dilated. The flushing of skin can really upset you for social reasons. Hence, you can use green concealer under the foundation to neutralize the redness.
This type is one of the most treatable types of rosacea by using some common acne medications. You can start with a topical antibiotic or an oral antibiotic when you get acne-like rosacea flares. These medications can help reduce the bacteria, but it is actually their anti-inflammatory properties that help treat the rosacea. Even though you can self-treat it, the best course of action would be to get in touch with your dermatologist if the condition worsens.
This type of rosacea usually affects both men and women in their 50s to 70s and does not look like the typical rosacea at all. It can be treated by surgery with the help of a scalpel or something like sandpaper to smooth the nose and reduce its size.
Rosacea that affects the eyes
Your eyes can be the first thing to be affected by the red cheeks or forehead. Oral antibiotics are considered the best treatment for this type of rosacea, and you might have to continue with them for a long time. Although a dermatologist can treat it, they may sometimes refer you to ophthalmology.
Now you know the different types of rosacea, so make sure to find your type and seek the right help for it. Moreover, it is important to know that you cannot use typical acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide for your acne-type rosacea as it can dry and irritate your skin. Always seek the proper skincare treatment for your skin issues. Also, make sure to take your oral medications such as antibiotics with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
Although rosacea is something most people will require to manage their lifetime, Clinic Dermatch can help you control it. When you have the right medication for rosacea, working it into your daily schedule can be easy. And if you stick with it, you can easily avoid any long-term damages or scarring to the skin.
Are you looking for an acne scar treatment for your skin? Clinic Dermatech offers the best specialized solutions for all kinds of skin issues. From rosacea and pigmentation problems to laser treatments and everything in between, it is your one-stop solution for all your skin and hair problems.