April is Rosacea Awareness Month
Rosacea : What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is an inflammatory condition primarily of the central face, where dysfunctional or hyperactive blood vessels cause blushing/flushing and inflammation of the cheeks, chin, nose, forehead. Chronic inflammation of these areas is associated with papules and pustules similar to acne, and may also lead to skin thickening, especially of the nose.
An important part of the rosacea exam is polarized light evaluation. This simple, painless look into the upper dermis demonstrates the specific location of capillaries or small blood vessels responsible for the symptoms of rosacea. These capillaries are then targeted with the appropriate laser or light device such as the Nd:Yag laser, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Topical and oral therapies as well as proper skin protection against inflammation are also necessary for control and remission of symptoms.
There is no known cure for rosacea. The goal is to identify and avoid possible triggers, and thus reduce flare-ups. By keeping a symptom diary to identify the specific triggers you may have, you may be able to see a pattern of what makes your rosacea worse. Use this information to avoid future flare-ups.
Here are some steps that may help:
Avoid sun exposure. Use a broad spectrum, antioxidant sunscreen every day.
Avoid prolonged exertion in hot weather.
Try to reduce stress. Try deep breathing, yoga, or other relaxation techniques.
Limit spicy foods, alcohol, and hot beverages.
Triggers vary from person to person. Other triggers may include wind, hot baths, cold weather, specific skin products, exercise, or other factors.
For consultation, and an individulaized treatment plan to manage rosacea and other skin care concerns, call SkinMD at 206.525.0903 to schedule your appointment.