If you suffer from rosacea, you may find it troubling and aggravating. Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute offers patients in and around Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Kendall several options for treating and improving rosacea.
WHAT IS ROSACEA?
Rosacea is a facial skin condition characterized by persistent redness, flushing, mild swelling, and in more severe cases, red, pimple-like bumps on the cheeks and nose. It is most common in people with fair skin and affects women more often than men. The persistent red color of the face is caused by a network of small blood vessels (telangiectasia) that have enlarged and become more visible in the skin. Cumulative sun exposure and certain types of food and drugs, alcohol, heat, stress, and exercise can trigger rosacea. Because it is so visible, this disease can affect quality of life by making affected individuals self-conscious about their appearance.
Rosacea is a common skin condition, usually occurring on the central face. It is typically characterized by facial flushing worsened by exercise, extreme temperatures, stress, and spicy foods or beverages. There are four subtypes:
- Erythematotelangiectatic (redness and broken blood vessels)
- Papulopustular (acne-like bumps)
- Phymatous (thickening of the skin and excessive growth of oil glands)
- Ocular rosacea (redness and irritation of the eyes).