What Is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin disease we treat in Beaumont that affects more than 16 million Americans. The cause of rosacea is still unknown, and there is no cure. However, we have ways to treat the condition by minimizing its symptoms.
Rosacea’s trademark symptom is small, red, pus-filled bumps on the skin that are present during flare-ups. Typically, rosacea affects only the skin on your nose, cheeks, and forehead. Flare-ups often occur in cycles, meaning you will experience symptoms for weeks or months at a time, then symptoms will go away before returning again.
What Are the Types of Rosacea?
There are four types of rosacea; they are:
- Subtype one, known as erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR): associated with facial redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels.
- Subtype two, papulopustular (or acne) rosacea: associated with acne-like breakouts, and often affects middle-aged women.
- Subtype three, known as rhinophyma: a rare form associated with thickening of the skin on your nose. It usually affects men and is often accompanied by another subtype.
- Subtype four, known as ocular rosacea: associated with symptoms centered around the eye area.
What Are the Causes?
The cause has not been determined. It may be a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. It is known that some things may make your symptoms worse. These include:
- Spicy foods
- Foods that contain the compound cinnamaldehyde (e.g., cinnamon, chocolate, tomatoes, and citrus)
- Hot coffee or tea
- The intestinal bacteria, Helicobacter pylori
- A skin mite called demodex and the bacterium it carries, Bacillus oleronius
- The presence of cathelicidin (a protein that protects the skin from infection)
What Are the Risk Factors?
There are some factors that will make you more likely to develop this condition than others. Rosacea often develops in people between the ages of 30 and 50. It is also more common in people who are fair-skinned and have blond hair and blue eyes.
There are also genetic links. You are more likely to develop this condition if you have a family history of it or if you have Celtic or Scandinavian heritage. Women are also more likely to develop the condition than men. However, men who develop the condition often have more severe symptoms.
Rosacea Treatment in Beaumont, TX
Ready to visit with us at Beaumont Aesthetic Laser Center and get even more beautiful than you already are? Our top-of-the-line treatments like the ICON can treat rosacea, helping you to look and feel a whole lot better.* Simply give us a call at 409-300-1620 or click the button below to set up an appointment today.
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.