Temporary facial redness can arise from a sunburn or the use of harsh chemicals in skin care products, but if you experience long-term or recurrent redness, it may be linked to rosacea. At Angel Allen Dermatology in Jefferson City and Lake Ozark, Missouri, dermatologist Angel Allen, MD, can help you manage your symptoms and reduce your flare-ups. To find out if your skin redness or bumps are the result of one of the four types of rosacea, call Angel Allen Dermatology, or schedule an appointment online today.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness and bumps across your nose, forehead, and cheeks. The symptoms occur in cycles that can last for weeks or months at a time before they subside for some time.
Rosacea has no known cause and currently has no cure. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t minimize your symptoms and relieve some of the irritation and redness it causes. At Angel Allen Dermatology, Dr. Allen can examine your skin, determine the type of rosacea you have, and help you manage your symptoms in the long term.
There are four main types of rosacea, each with a slightly different set of symptoms and characteristics. The symptoms reach beyond the general redness that most people recognize as rosacea.
Based on your symptoms, Dr. Allen can tell you if you have:
If you have ETR, you likely notice small blood vessels on your skin’s surface among the facial redness and flushing that flares up intermittently.
A papulopustular rosacea flare-up looks similar to a swollen acne breakout. Unlike acne, papulopustular rosacea is most common among middle-aged women.
Phymatous rosacea is more common in men than women. It causes the skin on your nose to thicken and become bumpy over time.
Ocular rosacea affects your eyes and the areas around them. If you have it, you might experience persistent eye redness, dryness, and light sensitivity in addition to redness and swelling affecting your eyelids.
Minimizing rosacea redness can help improve your self-esteem and confidence despite rosacea’s current lack of a cure. To minimize your redness, Dr. Allen can recommend products that don’t contain irritating ingredients.
Additionally, Dr. Allen might recommend:
Over time, it becomes increasingly easy to identify triggers that set off or aggravate your rosacea like cold temperatures or spicy foods. Dr. Allen can assist you with identifying them and considers them while creating your individualized treatment plan.
Any form of rosacea can impact your self image and can be difficult to manage without professional care. To learn more about rosacea and explore ways to reduce your symptoms, call Angel Allen Dermatology today, or book an appointment online at your convenience.