Persistent red skin in the center of your face, which worsens with caffeine and other triggers, is a major sign of rosacea. At Dermatology Associates of Western Pennsylvania in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, dermatologists Michael Osofsky, MD, Brian Pucevich, MD, and Saba Ali, MD, diagnose and treat rosacea using the latest evidence-based strategies. Learn more about rosacea and explore treatments by booking an appointment over the phone or requesting one online today.
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes excessive redness and flushing, especially on your face. The inflammation is localized to the center of your face and looks similar to inflammation from acne. You might even have pimples or cysts as a symptom.
Your rosacea symptoms might flare up or get worse in response to triggers, including:
Rosacea can affect almost anyone, but the condition is most common among fair-skinned individuals. It’s also more prevalent in women than men, though men tend to have more severe cases of it.
The symptoms of rosacea can vary greatly among people who have it. The two primary symptoms, which are the symptoms you need for a diagnosis, are persistent redness and skin thickening in areas affected by rosacea. However, other signs of the condition include:
Another distinct symptom of rosacea that mostly affects men with the condition is called rhinophyma. If you have it, your nose becomes enlarged and bulbous. You might also notice a waxy skin surface on your nose, enlarged pores, and visible oil glands.
The team at Dermatology Associates of Western Pennsylvania develops a treatment plan to manage your rosacea symptoms, no matter their severity. It often takes several tries to find an approach to which your symptoms respond. After a careful skin evaluation, the team might recommend:
Many topical medications can be applied directly to your skin to improve rosacea symptoms. The team might recommend products such as metronidazole gel, Finacea®, or sulfur-based products.
Certain laser treatments help calm down rosacea-related inflammation and can minimize flushing or blushing.
A calculated change in your skin care or makeup routine can positively affect your rosacea. Skin care and makeup ingredients such as green tea, copper, and benzoyl peroxide won’t irritate your condition, but alcohol-based products and harsh scrubs are not recommended.
Learn more about treatments for rosacea and how to ease your symptoms by scheduling an appointment over the phone or online at Dermatology Associates of Western Pennsylvania today.