What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition that appears as redness, flushing, small pimples, and broken blood vessels on the cheeks, nose, and chin. Symptoms usually appear in early adulthood, tending to run in families and fair-skinned individuals.
Patients with this skin condition can have very sensitive skin, so avoid scrubbing the skin and carefully choose non-irritating skin care products, especially a gentle daily moisturizer with SPF 30, as sun exposure can flare symptoms. While rosacea can be a life-long condition, medical treatments can help minimize its symptoms.
Avoiding other triggers like overheating, and spicy foods may be helpful. Green-tinted cosmetics also help cover redness.
What causes rosacea?
There are likely many causes for rosacea, including genetics, fair-skin, and sun exposure. Individuals can have many different triggers that can be food-related and environmental. Dr. Naomi Brooks can help you identify and avoid such triggers.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms include:
- Facial redness, including small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks
- Pimple-like breakouts on the face
- Easy flushing or blushing
- Eye symptoms
There is no true cure for this condition, but treatments can help to control and reduce these signs and symptoms.
How is rosacea treated?
Topical medication, oral medicine, and light-based treatments can help to reduce the signs of rosacea, and changes to your daily routine can prevent new flare-ups. Lifestyle modifications are extremely important. It is essential to find out what triggers may affect you.
We also provide IPL (intense pulsed light) to treat rosacea.
Request an appointment in Boise, Idaho
To learn more about the available treatments at Boise Dermatology & Medspa, request an appointment online, or give us a call at (208) 888-0660. When you come in for your initial appointment, we will create a custom treatment plan just for you. Dr. Brooks is a board-certified dermatologist with over 17 years of experience. She provides custom care to fit the unique needs of her patients. Contact us today!