Whether you only think you have rosacea or you’ve recently been diagnosed, you’re likely in the dark about what this skin condition actually is, including its causes and possible treatments. Rosacea can be hard to diagnose and only a medical dermatology center is equipped to properly diagnose and treat this skin condition. Our skin experts explain what you need to know about rosacea.

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face. Rosacea may also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps that can flare up from weeks to months and then disappear for a while. Rosacea can be hard to diagnose as many mistake it for acne or other skin problems. While anyone can get rosacea, it is most common in middle-aged women with lighter, sensitive skin. As of right now, there is no cure for rosacea, but it can be managed with treatments that reduce symptoms.1

Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea:

  • Dry, irritated, and swollen eyes and eyelids
  • Enlarged, bulbous nose
  • Swollen red bumps
  • Facial redness

What Can Trigger a Rosacea Flare-Up?

If you just got diagnosed with rosacea, flare-ups every now and then are actually very common. It is often triggered by excessive heat or even stress. However, not everyone’s triggers are the same, so it is important to learn what your triggers are so you can avoid a rosacea flare-up.2 Rosacea triggers also include vigorous exercise, medications, other medical conditions, anger, or embarrassment, among many others.

Understanding That Flare-Ups Can Happen Unexpectedly

Unfortunately, even if you do know your triggers, what you need to know about rosacea is that flare-ups can happen at any given time. As mentioned before, stress is a big factor for a flare-up, but rosacea is known to happen unexpectedly. The best thing you can do is follow the instructions and treatment plan from your dermatologist when a flare-up occurs.2

Consult a Rosacea Expert

The only way you are going to get the proper diagnosis and treatment is by visiting a board-certified dermatologist. If you think you may have rosacea, Dr. Wassef can develop a manageable treatment plan for this skin condition. Our Delray dermatology center is currently accepting new patients, so make sure to call 561-246-1791 to schedule a consultation. Be sure to come with your list of questions to ask our dermatologists regarding what you need to know about rosacea and how to manage symptoms.  

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  1. Mayo Clinic – Rosacea
  2. American Academy of Dermatology Association – Just diagnosed with rosacea? 8 things you should know!