Rosacea is a condition that causes excessive redness on the face, often coupled with broken blood vessels or eye irritation. Suppose you experience irritation or simply don’t like how your symptoms look. In that case, the experts at Heights Dermatology in Houston, Rosenberg, Lake Jackson, Portland, Corpus Christi, Palacios, Columbus, Gonzales, Dallas, Mansfield, Beaumont, Bay City, New Braunfels, and San Antonio, Texas, can provide dermatological care to reduce the inflammation. Call Heights Dermatology or book an appointment online today for more information on rosacea treatments.

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes excessive skin flushing or redness. The condition is chronic, but you can manage it with conservative care. Some people mistake rosacea for acne because of the bumps and inflammation that often come with the redness.

Experts don’t fully understand what causes rosacea, but they recognize some common triggers that seem to make symptoms worse. Your symptoms may flare up due to spicy foods, alcoholic beverages, extreme temperatures, wind, emotions, or exercise.

While anyone can develop rosacea, individuals with a light skin tone are at the highest risk. You’re also at a higher risk than average if you smoke or have family members with rosacea.

What are the symptoms of rosacea?

Rosacea symptoms vary from person to person. Certain symptoms are more common in men with the condition than women, and vice versa. Heights Dermatology evaluates your symptoms and decides on a treatment based on their severity.

Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Facial redness and flushing
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Swollen pimple-like bumps
  • Burning and heat
  • Eye irritation and dryness
  • Enlarged nose (rhinophyma)

You should visit Heights Dermatology if you experience persistent symptoms like these. Unlike irritation from other conditions or rashes, rosacea reoccurs throughout your life even after periods where it subsides.

How is rosacea treated?

Both oral and topical treatments help calm symptoms of rosacea. Your provider at Heights Dermatology may prescribe medications to bring down the redness and reduce bumps and pimples initially, and anti-inflammatory medications to control long-term inflammation.

Light therapies such as laser therapy or intense pulsed light (IPL) can also help calm inflammation from rosacea and reduce redness.

Your Heights Dermatology provider encourages you to use sunscreen daily to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light rays. They can also help you develop a skin care routine to nourish and moisturize your skin.

For more information on rosacea and how to manage symptoms, call Heights Dermatology or book an appointment online today.