Rosacea in Marin County

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What Is Rosacea?

The skin condition known as rosacea, which causes the skin to look inflamed and red, is commonly present across the cheeks and nose. Though over 10 million Americans have rosacea, many have been misdiagnosed and do not realize rosacea is their problem. However, if diagnosed correctly, it can be treated and managed. Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology Corte Madera is proud to offer solutions to minimize the signs of this chronic condition. Rosacea can happen to almost anybody, but it is more widespread among middle-aged and elderly women with light skin. Rosacea is a skin disease with no actual cure, but there are effective methods of keeping it in check. When left untreated, it may worsen over the years, causing symptoms to persist and flare up for weeks at a time. At Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology, one of our board-certified dermatological professionals will evaluate your skin and create a personalized treatment plan to help you manage your symptoms.

What Causes Rosacea?

Though the specific cause of rosacea is unknown, it is believed to be brought on by a combination of environmental and hereditary aspects. It appears to be more prevalent in individuals of Scandinavian or Celtic ancestry, and patients with rosacea typically have a family history of the condition or of severe acne. Individuals who are likely to have bad acne also have a greater chance of developing rosacea. Specialists think that an overactive immune system may lead to rosacea, especially when the immune system reacts to exposure to a particular bacterium or even a mite. These theories, however, have not been shown to be fully supported.

Certain factors, such as spicy foods, alcohol, hot drinks, sun, extreme temperatures, hot showers and/or baths, anxiety, anger or embarrassment, overexertion, and specific drugs may aggravate rosacea. This is because they raise the blood circulation to the top of the skin.

What Are The Symptoms of Rosacea?

The standard indicators of rosacea are a red face and small, acne-like bumps that may or may not contain pus. In the majority of individuals with the condition, the central part of the face is obviously red, but the signs of rosacea can range from moderate to severe. The blood vessels of the cheeks and nose may swell, and the skin may also feel tender and hot to the touch. Around half of rosacea sufferers also have eye issues, including dryness, irritation, and red, swollen eyelids. In rare circumstances, the nose can appear swollen, as the condition can cause the skin on your nose to thicken, which leads to a bulbous look.

Rosacea Treatment Options

Although there's not currently a cure for rosacea, the symptoms can be reduced by wearing the right kind of sunscreen and providing gentle but thorough care for your skin. There are many treatment alternatives available, like antibiotics that assist with flare-ups. These can be taken in a capsule form or applied as a cream, gel, or lotion. Pills tend to be much more successful in providing rapid results but can create more side effects. If antibiotics are not effective, acne medications, like isotretinoin, have been shown to work for many patients. Surgery may be necessary for situations where the symptoms become irreversible, like enlarged blood vessels or inflammation that will not respond to any other therapies. Laser procedures or electrosurgery are often chosen to minimize the look of blood vessels and to eliminate excess tissue buildup across the nose.

Restore Your Self-Esteem

The physical symptoms of rosacea can sometimes lead to psychological ones as you may feel anxious in public or avoid social interaction. Fortunately, there are many ways Dr. Tracy Evans and her team can help you reduce and manage your symptoms. If you think you may have rosacea, please contact Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology in Marin to schedule an appointment. Our staff is knowledgeable about innovative remedies and can offer help and hope so you can put the worry behind you.

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