Stop Blushing over Rosacea and Facial Redness

NDDA Rosacea and Facial Redness

Catherine Millet, MPAS, PA-C

Do you suffer from prolonged skin blushing and visible blood vessels? Do you find that your skin is red and irritable? If so, you may be part of the 5% percent of the world’s population struggling with rosacea.

Rosacea is a common, chronic skin disease that causes a variety of symptoms such as redness in the skin; persistently visible blood vessels, and small, puss-filled bumps. Rosacea can appear on many parts of the body and can be identified through its four subtypes. Unfortunately, rosacea has no cure. However, speaking with one of our providers here at North Dallas Dermatology Associates can help you treat rosacea and minimize your symptoms.

What are the four types of Rosacea?

  1. Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea – redness & visible veins
  2. Papulopustular rosacea – red bumps & acne-like breakouts
  3. Phymatous rosacea – thick skin & texture
  4. Ocular rosacea – eye redness

What are the leading contributors of Rosacea?

Though the cause of rosacea has not been determined, there are factors that put individuals at risk of developing this skin disease. For example, rosacea often appears in individuals whose family members have a history of this chronic skin disease. An overactive immune system and environmental factors are also linked to the appearance of rosacea. Intestinal bacteria, known as Helicobacter Pylori, is one of the less common factors in the development of rosacea, along with skin mites.

It is also more common for rosacea to appear on individuals between the ages of 30 to 60, as well as women and fair-skinned individuals.

Rosacea Myths

Myth #1: “If I have rosacea, then I have sensitive skin.”

  • Sensitive skin is not what causes rosacea. Individuals with rosacea can have different skin type combinations.Myth #2: “Rosacea is associated with poor hygiene.”

Myth #2: “Rosacea is associated with poor hygiene.”

  • Hygiene is unrelated to rosacea. However, a proper skincare routine can help with future flareups and overall rosacea treatment.

Myth #3: “Rosacea and acne are the same.”

  • Rosacea is a chronic skin disease unrelated to acne. Though rosacea may cause the appearance of small puss-filled bumps on the face, it is not acne. Treatments for both skin conditions are entirely different.

Skincare ingredients to avoid with rosacea:

  • Alcohol
  • Menthol
  • Exfoliating agents
  • Double cleansing
  • Toners
  • Chemical sunscreens

Rosacea-friendly products

  • Fragrance-free moisturizers
  • Gentle, non-foaming, non-clogging cleansers
  • Mineral sunscreens
  • Barrier-repairing moisturizers

Just as skin types vary, so do the treatments for rosacea. Depending on the type of rosacea you have, it is important to seek an expert opinion to help minimize flare-ups and to determine the treatment uniquely formulated for your skin. It’s important to identify factors and ingredients that trigger your rosacea outbreaks.

What medical treatments are available for rosacea?

  • Topical creams
  • Oral medication

Rosacea is typically treated with either topical creams or oral medications. One is no less effective than the other. It is important to consult with a board-certified dermatologist to get the correct prescription for your skin. Our providers can even get you set on a rosacea-friendly skincare regimen to help reduce your symptoms.

Cosmetic treatments for rosacea:

  • IPL – Rosacea can be treated with Intense Pulsed Light by reducing inflammation, redness and texture. Typically, patients need 3-4 sessions to clear up persistent rosacea.
  • HydraFacial – HydraFacial is a medical-grade facial treatment. It can be used to treat rosacea by exfoliating the uppermost layer of the skin. It also helps target skin redness, pores and bumps.
  • CoolPeel – A CoolPeel treatment is a non-invasive procedure targeting the outermost layer of skin. This treatment is used to address problem spots on the skin such as sun damage, wrinkles, acne scars and rosacea.
  • Microneedling w/PRPMicroneedling is a collagen-induction therapy procedure and is used to reduce skin discoloration caused by rosacea. 

It is important to understand there is no cure for rosacea. These cosmetic procedures can only help with reducing certain symptoms associated with rosacea.

We invite you to schedule an appointment with one of our providers to determine the optimal medical and cosmetic options to treat your rosacea, and to help you achieve healthy, glowing skin.

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