April is Rosacea Awareness Month

by Gail Wheeler

April is the National Rosacea Society’s Rosacea Awareness Month.

What is Rosacea? In simple terms, Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness to form across the nose and cheeks. It’s important to see a board-certified dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. If you are diagnosed with Rosacea, learning and avoiding your triggers will help to manage uncomfortable flareups.

Some of the more typical triggers are:

  • Sunlight. Rethink sun protection and avoid getting sun on skin prone to Rosacea.
  • Avoid overheating.
  • Hot beverages and spicy foods can be a trigger for some people.
  • Observe how alcohol affects you. White wine is usually preferable to red wine. Limit yourself to one or two drinks.
  • Some prescribed medications can contribute to Rosacea. Discuss the medications you take with your dermatologist.
  • Carefully select skin, hair and makeup products that can irritate your sensitive skin.
  • Recognize and manage stress.

Because Rosacea has varied signs and symptoms, it is divided into subtypes — and you can have more than one subtype at the same time.

Subtype 1 is facial redness, flushing and visible blood vessels.
Subtype 2 is acne-like breakouts.
Subtype 3 is a rarer variety and causes thickening of the skin on parts of your face.
Subtype 4 is in the eyes. You will need to also see your ophthalmologist like the ones in ICT Eye.

The Medical Center’s Visiting Specialist program includes several excellent board-certified dermatology practices. This includes surgeons, treatments for skin such as HydraFacials in Zionsville, IN, cosmetic dermatology and routine dermatological checkups. You can also consult experts such as Dundee Dermatology or this med spa in Elko, NV to find the best treatment for you. If you want to learn more, you can attend a dermatology seminar for tips on taking care of your skin.