If you suffer from rosacea, know that you are not alone. Millions of patients have rosacea symptoms, and a significant portion of cases are currently undiagnosed. Rosacea classically presents in individuals over 30 years of age who struggle with cheek, chin, and forehead skin sensitivity. Classic signs of rosacea are redness, pustules, acne, flushing, and extreme tenderness in these regions. As the condition progresses, the affected areas can become intensely red to almost purple.
Despite how common rosacea is, the cause is still unknown. Individuals of all cultures can have rosacea, but those of Celtic background seem to be affected the most. These patients tend to be fair skinned with preexisting red tones in their skin. Because of its prevalence among this group, rosacea was once referred to as the Celtic Curse. Studies confirm what individuals with rosacea already know, that this condition adversely affects their social interactions. It can also be detrimental to a person’s self-confidence, prompting them to avoid social engagements and public events. Some patients even miss work during rosacea flare-ups.
Types of Rosacea
- Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: primarily flushing and persistent redness
- Papulopustular rosacea: persistent central facial redness with acne
- Phymatous rosacea: thickened skin involving nose chin cheeks and ears
- Ocular rosacea: chronic irritation of your eye, feeling like you have something in it, stinging dry eyes, sensitivity to light, and inflamed eyeball tissues
- Granulomatous variant: hard, fairly uniform nodular skin which can be brown, yellow, or red; absent of any redness
Underneath the Microscope
When viewed under a microscope, rosacea is characterized by intense inflammation, dilated blood vessels, and swollen pores filled with thick oil. Healthy skin has certain types of bacteria and microscopic skin mites. However, several studies show that patients with rosacea have four times the number of skin mites than those without the condition. Because of this, it is suspected that skin mites play a role in causing rosacea. One theory is that the immune system might target the bacteria inside the mites, resulting in a mechanical plugging of the pores and sebaceous glands.
Professional Rosacea Treatment
Rosacea can be challenging to address, but many patients respond favorably to medical management. In our office, three important additional treatments are utilized when treating rosacea. These procedures penetrate the pores to cleanse them of bacteria and mites, minimizing the number of dilated blood vessels and significantly reducing the emotional anxieties related to this condition.
- Hydrafacial: deeply cleans the pores of persistent bacterial and mite debris, hydrates desiccated skin and infuses anti-inflammatory medications.
- Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy: minimizes the appearance of redness and kills deep-set skin mites.
- Laser treatment: reduces the number of large dilated vessels.
At-Home Rosacea Treatment
At Bridges to Beauty, we can assess your condition and recommend a skin care product tailored to your unique skin type and needs. Typical at-home rosacea treatment consists of:
- Cleansing to clean out blocked pores
- Keeping the skin moisturized
- Applying an anti-inflammatory product
- Controlling bacteria with oral or topical antibiotics
To find out if medical treatment can help you manage your rosacea symptoms, please fill out our online contact form. You can also schedule a private consultation by calling our office at 318.219.8555 or 888.305.6693.