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What Facial Redness could be Telling You

rosaceaFacial redness can be a disturbing symptom, especially if you are unsure what may be causing the problem, or what to do about it. If you struggle to keep the skin on your cheeks from flushing easily, you may be one of the millions of Americans who has rosacea.

Rosacea is a dermatologic condition that may not develop until adulthood. The inflammation typically flares and subsides under certain conditions. In some cases, mild redness seems to be persistent across the nose and cheeks. Some patients also develop small bumps that resemble acne. Still others develop symptoms in the eyes, including dryness and itching. Because no two patients are the same, the combination and severity of rosacea symptoms can vary widely. This only perpetuates the confusion about what could be causing facial redness.

Why does rosacea occur?

Science has not yet uncovered exactly why some people develop rosacea and why others do not. It has been suggested that genetics may predispose a person to this condition, and that outside triggers such as spicy food and hot or cold weather exacerbate existing inflammation.

Might you have rosacea?

Some of the common symptoms that indicate rosacea include:

  • Rosy, pink skin on the cheeks and nose that does not go away, but occasionally worsens.
  • Visible blood vessels across the nose and cheeks.
  • Skin becomes flushed after consuming warm beverages, alcohol, or spicy food.
  • Weather changes cause skin to become flushed.
  • Small pimples or pink bumps appear on the chin, cheeks, and nose.
  • The texture of the skin on the nose changes.

Treating Rosacea

The reason it is important to determine if you have rosacea is because this enables you to obtain treatment that helps you manage the redness that may cause self-consciousness. In some cases, topical medicine may be prescribed to treat bumps and pimples. Oral medication such as doxycycline antibiotic may be necessary if bumps are difficult to control. Finally, laser therapies may be beneficial for patients needing rosacea management.

Because rosacea is a chronic skin condition, the only treatment approach is to manage symptoms. We can help you do this. To learn more about how to treat rosacea, call our Pennsylvania practice at 610.594.6660. We have offices in Coatesville, Kennett Square, and Exton to serve you.


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