Rosacea: What It Is, What Causes It, and How to Get Rid of It

Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness, inflammation, and skin discoloration. While it can’t be cured, treatment can minimize skin redness and help you maintain a more even skin tone. Here we will go over what rosacea is, what causes it, and how to manage this condition. With attentive care and treatment for rosacea, you can keep your skin looking healthy, clear, and even.

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness, inflammation, and discoloration in the skin. Flushing of the skin may also be accompanied by visible blood vessels and sometimes small bumps. The affected skin is usually on the face, chest, back, neck, and/or ears. While the condition is chronic, the symptoms of rosacea may flare for weeks or months, then subside for a while before returning.

What Causes Rosacea?

The exact cause of rosacea is not fully understood, but experts believe that it may be due in part to genetics, immune system response, and environmental factors. Those who are at greater risk of developing rosacea include:

  • Females
  • Easily sunburned skin
  • Over age 30
  • Family history of rosacea
  • Smokers

How Can I Get Rid of Rosacea?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea, but there are effective ways to reduce symptoms and keep the condition under control. You can minimize the likelihood of rosacea flare-ups by avoiding or limiting your exposure to these potential triggers:

  • Hot drinks
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Sun exposure
  • Wind exposure
  • Extreme environmental conditions
  • Intense emotions
  • Some cosmetics

Exercise and certain medications that dilate blood vessels may also contribute to rosacea; however, you should not stop taking prescribed medications or avoid exercising without first discussing with your doctor.

If you are bothered by rosacea, some dermatology treatments can reduce skin discoloration and help you keep your symptoms under control. These may include topical or oral medications, laser treatments, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and the IPL Photofacial. With the help of a dermatologist, you can find an effective rosacea treatment that works for you to minimize skin discoloration associated with rosacea.

To book an appointment with one of our dermatologists, call Medovate Dermatology at 847.499.5500.