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What is Rosacea?

People often mistake rosacea for acne or an allergic skin condition. So, what is rosacea and how can your Indianapolis, IN, dermatologist, Dr. Sonya Johnson and Dr. Devin Miles of Dermatology Associates located in Indianapolis, Tipton, and Batesville, IN, help you?

Rosacea: What Is It?

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that looks like you're constantly blushing. It typically occurs on your face and you might get some bumps that look like acne.

Symptoms of Rosacea 

Face redness is one of the biggest signs of rosacea. It might look like you're flushed all the time. The redness might be restricted to your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. You could also have redness on your chest, neck, and ears. People of color might never get to see such redness so, you might want to look out for the other possible signs of rosacea. Other possible rosacea signs include:

  • Dry skin
  • Swelling
  • Acne-like bumps
  • Thickened skin especially around your nose
  • Eye discomfort, swollen eyes, and bloodshot eyes
  • Large pores
  • Visible blood vessels

Causes of Rosacea 

There's no known cause for Rosacea yet. However, studies reveal some important clues. For instance, this skin condition could likely run in families. Your immune system might play a role in its development. Skin mites and a bacteria, H. Pylori, could also contribute to rosacea development.

While rosacea's cause might be unknown, there are specific triggers that could worsen your symptoms. These triggers include:

  • Spicy food
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Cheese
  • Hot drinks
  • Aerobic exercises

Who Gets Rosacea 

Several factors could make you more likely to develop rosacea than others. Many people with rosacea are:

  • Related to someone with rosacea
  • Fair-skinned with blue eyes and blonde hair
  • Celtic or Scandinavian origin
  • 30 - 50 years old
  • Had lots of acne

Rosacea Treatment 

After your Indianapolis, IN, dermatologist, with offices in Indianapolis, Tipton, and Batesville, IN, has diagnosed you with rosacea, she might suggest several medications and procedures to improve your skin condition.

Possible rosacea treatments include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Prescription gels and creams
  • Intense pulsed light treatment
  • Dermabrasion
  • Electrocautery

If you think you might have rosacea or you've noted these possible rosacea signs, it's time to see your dermatologist. Your Indianapolis, IN, dermatologist, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Miles of Dermatology Associates located in Indianapolis, Tipton, and Batesville, IN, can help diagnose and treat your rosacea. Call (317) 257-1484 or send an email to [email protected] to schedule your consultation.

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