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Rosacea & Redness
in Scottsdale, AZ

What Is Rosacea?

Excessive redness on the skin can be frustrating, especially if it’s accompanied by symptoms such as swollen bumps, spider veins, burning sensations, and eye irritation. Rosacea is a common condition where the skin becomes inflamed and causes excessive redness, typically on the nose and cheeks. Rosacea can significantly affect a person’s emotions, causing embarrassment, frustration, and lowered self-esteem due to the visible facial redness. It often causes social anxiety from feeling self-conscious in public, leading to the avoidance of social activities.

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects more than 16 million people in the U.S. It causes redness, visible blood vessels, swelling, and sometimes acne-like breakouts, particularly on the face.

What Causes Rosacea?

The exact cause of rosacea remains unclear, but it’s likely a combination of genetic, environmental, and vascular factors. Genetics plays a role, as rosacea tends to run in families. Environmental triggers, such as sunlight, temperature extremes, stress, alcohol, spicy foods, and certain medications can exacerbate symptoms. Abnormalities in the immune system and blood vessels may also contribute to the development of rosacea, leading to chronic inflammation and skin redness.

How Do I Know If I Have Rosacea?

If you deal with reoccurring facial redness and skin irritation, you may be a candidate for rosacea treatment. Rosacea symptoms include:

  • Your skin easily flushes & stays red
  • Spider veins (visible blood vessels breaking & becoming bigger)
  • Red swollen bumps that may appear similar to acne
  • Burning sensations in the reddened areas
  • The skin thickens; usually, this occurs on the nose
  • Eyes are dry, swollen, or irritated

Schedule your consultation with the Skin & Cancer Center of Scottsdale to determine if you’re a candidate for rosacea treatment.

Are Rosacea & Skin Redness Painful or Just an Aesthetic Concern?

Rosacea symptoms vary depending on the individual. Some people may only experience the redness on their face with no irritating or pain-related symptoms. Treating rosacea is likely more of an aesthetic concern for those people, as it can be bothersome to deal with redness on your face that you can’t easily hide. For others, the facial flushing is paired with skin irritation that can cause itching and other unwanted symptoms.

Rosacea treatments can be used to alleviate any irritating symptoms and also reduce the appearance of skin redness.

What Are My Options for Rosacea Treatment?

Since rosacea is a chronic skin condition, there is no one cure to solve it. However, there are several options for treatments that will manage your symptoms. At the Skin & Cancer Center of Scottsdale, we offer topical treatments and prescription medications for patients with rosacea. Most patients find that topical treatments are enough to alleviate their symptoms. We can discuss which treatments may work best for you during a consultation.

An essential aspect of rosacea treatment is understanding what causes your rosacea to flare up so you can better manage the redness. Causes vary from person to person, but common ones include sun exposure, hot beverages, drinking alcohol, eating spicy foods, extremely hot or cold temperatures, stress, and exercise. You also may find that certain medications or skin care products tend to irritate your skin and cause your rosacea to flare up, so it’s best to stop using those if possible.

What Results Can I Expect After Rosacea Treatment?

After using topical remedies or prescriptions to manage your rosacea, you’ll likely experience less redness and be relieved of symptoms such as irritation and swollen bumps. Most topical treatments we recommend are used once or twice daily to reduce redness and other symptoms. Some patients may continue to use topical creams daily, or you may find that you only need to use them when you experience flare-ups. Everyone’s rosacea works and responds to treatment differently.

You can also implement some practices into your daily routine to help reduce the appearance of rosacea. Protecting your skin with sunscreen whenever you are going to be outside is a good skincare habit to keep, not only for managing rosacea but also for your skin’s overall well-being. Reducing how much you touch or rub your face is also beneficial for keeping your rosacea symptoms at bay. Washing your face with a gentle cleanser and following up with a moisturizer is also a good idea.

Do Skin Care or Makeup Products Help Conceal Rosacea?

Certain skin care products can also help alleviate rosacea symptoms and minimize the appearance of redness. At the Skin & Cancer Center of Scottsdale, we recommend products for over-the-counter redness relief, and we have our own brand of moisturizer and brightening pads that can help reduce the appearance of rosacea.

Want to Learn More About Rosacea & Redness in Scottsdale, AZ?

If you’d like to learn more about rosacea and redness and what treatments will work best for your skin concerns, call us at (480) 596-1110 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.

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