08 Jul Is This Rosacea?
Is your skin “just red,” or could it be rosacea? Rosacea is a medical condition with no cure, but there are various treatments available for this common condition at Spectrum Dermatology. However, the first step in treating the symptoms of rosacea is a proper diagnosis. Skin that is red and flushed is the most commonly known sign of rosacea, but that’s actually just a single indicator of the condition. Rosacea is an inflammatory condition of the skin, which is why it results in redness, but there are also other rosacea signs and symptoms you can look for and talk about with your dermatologist. Spectrum Dermatology is now fully reopened and following all CDC safety guidelines and social distancing measures.
What Rosacea Looks Like
It’s not uncommon for patients to misdiagnose themselves with a condition other than rosacea, such as acne or sensitive skin. Only a dermatologist can diagnose a skin condition with certainty, and that includes rosacea. In addition to flushed, red skin, rosacea can also result in a textural change of the skin. Rosacea might result in larger pores, skin dryness, irritation, and even bumps that can be confused with acne. Textural changes are most often found on the nose, chin, and around the eyes but can occur anywhere.
Broken capillaries can also be a sign of rosacea. If the tiny blood vessels right beneath the skin’s surface break, they create a type of flushness that can signal rosacea. It might look like you’re wearing blush or lightly sunburned. This type of flushing, when caused by rosacea, is temporary. If you have watery eyes that feel like there’s grit in them, that might be a sign of ocular rosacea. This type of rosacea happens near the eyes, but it can be accompanied by rosacea in other parts of the skin.
The most common type of flushing with rosacea is called trigger-based flushing. Unlike flushing caused by broken capillaries, trigger-based flushing can last for much longer. Identifying and avoiding your unique triggers is the best way to prevent and control rosacea, and your dermatologist can help. There are countless things that might trigger rosacea, and some of the most common include red wine, hormone changes, spicy food, and changes in temperature.
Advances in Understanding Rosacea
Since rosacea currently does not have a cure, studies are always underway to identify potential links to rosacea and the best treatments. Recently, research found that the skin’s microbiota has a connection to a variety of diseases including rosacea. According to the authors, “It has become increasingly clear that rosacea is not just a cutaneous disease with local implications but instead part of a still largely obscure and complex systemic inflammatory disease process.”
The researchers found that the skin’s microbiome (its microorganisms) plays a role in whether a person experiences rosacea and to what degree. The makeup of the bacterial environment in rosacea patients is very different than in those who don’t have rosacea. Specifically, Campylobacter bacteria were especially prevalent in patients who have rosacea. These bacteria are also very prevalent in patients with certain gastrointestinal diseases, which has led researchers to question if this is the reason why many rosacea patients also have GI diseases.
The researchers encourage rosacea patients to fully disclose their full medical history to their dermatologist, especially medications they’re taking and any GI issues. This is true in any case, but being aware of what the latest findings around rosacea reveal might further encourage patients to be forthcoming with information they share with their dermatologist.
Getting Help with Rosacea
Your dermatologist will recommend a personalized rosacea treatment and control plan for you based on the type of rosacea, the severity, and identified triggers. One of the most common triggers for rosacea patients is sun exposure, and in a state like Arizona where the sun shines the majority of the time and temperatures can be extreme, it can be especially challenging to control rosacea. However, working with a dermatologist is your best tool for rosacea relief.
To learn more about rosacea or to get a diagnosis for your skin condition, connect with a reputable dermatologist today. We’re available for in-person appointments. Call Spectrum Dermatology today at (480) 948-8400.