Rosacea is a common skin condition, sometimes mistakenly called adult acne. Although it may be similar in appearance, rosacea is not a form of acne. It usually develops gradually, beginning with a tendency to blush or flush easily. Over time, redness can spread from the cheeks and nose to other areas of the face, and even the neck and back.
The exact cause of rosacea
is not fully understood. However, many risk factors
have been identified:
- Age – rosacea is most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50.
- Skin tone – Light-skinned individuals, particularly those with blond hair and blue eyes, have a greater risk.
- Genetics – People with a family history of rosacea, as well as those of Scandinavian or Celtic heritage are more susceptible.
- Acne – Although the conditions are different, individuals with a history of severe acne are more likely to develop rosacea.
Types of rosacea
There are four classifications of rosacea:
focuses around the eyes, which become irritated and red. It can cause swelling of the eyelids, and may look like a stye.
causes thick, bumpy skin especially around the nose. Pores may become visible, and skin may be oily.
, the variety most often mistaken for acne, causes swelling, redness, and skin breakouts.
causes flushing, facial redness, and small, visible vessels. The skin may tend to be sensitive, burn, or sting.
Diagnosis and treatment
It is advisable to see a qualified skin specialist for accurate diagnosis and the latest treatment options. Self-diagnosis can lead to frustration, or even aggravation of the condition. Many people attempt to treat rosacea with over-the-counter acne medication, due to the similarities in appearance between the two conditions. However, acne medication can make rosacea symptoms worse.
If you believe that you have rosacea, or you have “acne” that does not respond to medication, come see Dr. Achtman or Dr. McConnell. They will begin with a thorough clinical evaluation, to diagnose rosacea or any other dermatologic condition you may have, accurately. They will then devise a customized treatment plan, tailored to your unique skin. It may include laser therapy, medication, dermabrasion, or other procedures.
You don’t have to live with the embarrassment and discomfort of rosacea - we are here to help. Call DSA Dermatology at (972) 362-9567
and schedule an appointment today.