Patients who are diagnosed with a condition known as rosacea are often struggling with a variety of issues. Not only might their skin develop red, bumpy rashes, but their eyes may be dry and bloodshot. Many sufferers of rosacea are self-conscious about the way they look and are embarrassed about being in public spaces when they are experiencing flare-ups. Rosacea is also misdiagnosed by many general practitioners, which is why it is so important that patients see a board certified dermatologist such as Dr. Mary Lupo or Dr. Kate Holcomb at the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology. They can determine whether patients are dealing with eczema or acne, or they are actual sufferers of rosacea.
Rosacea is a chronic condition. It cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. Many patients who visit the Lupo Center are interested in learning about ways to keep their condition manageable and to reduce flare-ups that can be extremely bothersome and embarrassing. First, it is important to understand what causes flare-ups. This can vary from patient to patient, but in most situations, the following triggers may be considered:
• Hot water (baths and showers)
• Hot beverages
• Spicy foods
• Intense exercise
• Weather with extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
• Exposure to the sun
While it may be impossible to prevent outbreaks entirely, managing the condition can be done by avoiding personal triggers. Patients can speak to one of our dermatologists about a skin care regimen that can reduce their flare-ups. This may include gentle moisturizers and cleansers, as well as integrating a prescription topical medication that can help keep the condition under control. Additionally, we have several state-of-the-art light and laser therapies that may be recommended for patients with severe rosacea to help control the condition and keep it manageable. We also have cosmeceutical supplements which patients have found helpful. They can be combined with a proper skin care regimen at home and make a dramatic improvement in the way the skin reacts even when flare-ups do occur.
For further information on rosacea diagnosis and control, contact the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology today to book an appointment with Dr. Mary Lupo or Dr. Kate Holcomb.