A rosy glow on your cheeks can mean that you’re excited or that you’ve just spent the last couple hours taking a spirited hike on a brisk afternoon. That rosy flush also could signify a common skin condition called rosacea. An estimated 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea — an incurable, frustrating, and sometimes embarrassing skin condition.
Persistent and chronic rosacea can be improved and managed with your Manhattan aesthetics specialist through diet, lifestyle changes and medication. Initially, rosacea looks as though your face is flush, which eventually progresses into permanent redness in the face.
How it Progresses
This permanent redness is caused by broken capillaries, which are sometimes noticeably visible. As rosacea progresses, small red pimple-like bumps may appear and eventually thickening of skin around the nose occurs.
Rosacea is commonly mistaken for other conditions such as allergies, rashes or acne, which is why an accurate diagnosis by your doctor should be made if you experience regular flushing or a red face.
Your certified health practitioners at Radiance Aesthetics & Wellness in New York City know that the best way to slow the progression of rosacea is a comprehensive look at your health: nutrition, hormone balance, environmental influences, and mental factors are all considered to help control your rosacea so you can feel comfortable in your own skin.
Symptoms of Rosacea
The symptoms of rosacea differ from person to person and can change over time. Some common symptoms of rosacea include:
- Flush or red face. This usually occurs on the cheeks and is frequently mistaken for blushing. Sunburn, overheating and alcohol use can all be mistake for rosacea, which is why this condition can be embarrassing.
- Swollen skin. Skin can become tough and swollen, usually around the eyes and nose.
- Sensitive skin. People suffering from rosacea often have skin that’s more sensitive to skin care products, makeup and the sun.
- Persistent dry skin. The skin around the nose usually is the first area to experience dry skin that doesn’t respond to most treatments.
- Visible broken blood vessels. As blood vessels in your face burst due to rosacea, they contribute to overall reddening.
- Burning or stinging skin. With rosacea, you might develop sensitivity to products that never bothered you before, resulting in burning or stinging skin.
- Pimple-like bumps. These are often mistaken for acne and may or may not be pus filled.
- Thick, red skin. This is usually on and around your nose and accompanied by large pores.
- Eye conditions. Frequently rosacea sufferers experience issues with their eyes. This includes swollen, dry and red eyes, which can make concentrating and daily life difficult.
- Bulbous nose. This occurs with severe rosacea and while it’s embarrassing, it can also be painful.
Rosacea is a frustrating and embarrassing condition and without the help of a doctor experienced in its treatment, can worsen unnecessarily. Rosacea is a condition that requires management, which may mean lifestyle changes. See a skin care professional who looks at your health as a whole interactive system for the best chance at reducing your symptoms and to prevent worsening.
Causes of Rosacea
While the cause of rosacea isn’t exactly known or understood, it seems to be genetic — primarily running in families of Northern European decent. And there are a number of known external factors that worsen rosacea and are best avoided such as:
- Spicy food
- Hot beverages
- Hot or dry weather
- Intense exercise
- Sun overexposure
- Certain medications
Avoiding triggers is always part of your rosacea management plan, but sometimes not all triggers can be avoided, which ca be frustrating. Your aesthetic specialist helps you notice and track triggers specific to your condition so you have the best chance at preventing outbreaks. It takes a holistic approach to conquer the skin condition.
Prevention and Lifestyle Changes
Prevention is your best bet when it comes to achieving the skin you love. Knowing you have rosacea allows you to modify behaviors and give your face a chance to fight the unsightly symptoms. A couple of preventative steps and lifestyle changes you can take include:
- Avoid triggers. The number one method for reducing your rosacea is to avoid your triggers as best as you can.
- Keep track of your diet to catch food allergies. Unknown food allergies might be making your rosacea worse, keep track of everything you eat and when flare ups happen. Consider getting tested for food allergies.
- Wear sunscreen every day. Consider that you’re exposed to the sun even if you’re just running errands or driving to work, which means you should be using sunscreen every time you leave the house, in all seasons and every type of weather.
- Rely on natural skincare. A lot of skincare products make your condition worse and should be avoided. Talk to your anesthetist about available natural products.
- Minimize stress. Stress can cause rosacea flare-ups or lead to an overall worsening of the condition. Take up yoga or mediation to learn more calming techniques.
- Protect your face from the elements. When possible, protect your face from extreme temperatures and wind with scarves and hats.
Treatments Provide by Your Aesthetic Specialist
In addition to natural treatments and lifestyle changes, stronger options to reduce the signs and effects of rosacea include:
- Laser treatments. Laser treatments by your aesthetic specialist may improve the visibility of broken blood vessels.
- Dermabrasion. Dermabrasion can reduce the effects of rosacea on your skin by promoting new and healthy skin growth.
- Medication. Medication is usually prescribed in the case of severe rosacea after all other treatments prove ineffective. Talk with your doctors at Radiance Aesthetics & Wellness about rosacea medication options.
Everyone’s rosacea is different and requires a plan that is unique to your condition. Try different combinations of treatments to see what types of management work best for you. You don’t have to suffer through rosacea — your aesthetic specialist at Radiance Aesthetics & Wellness uses her expertise to navigate the integrated parts of your health that give you the best chance at controlling rosacea symptoms.
Dr. Fazylova and Staff at Radiance Aesthetic & Wellness strive to provide a holistic, aesthetic and individualized care to help you on your journey to a better health and vibrant appearance.
Do you have questions about Rosacea? To receive more information and to learn about most effective Rosacea treatment, please contact Radiance Aesthetic & Wellness. If you would like to schedule an appointment with the best rated Rosacea specialist in Midtown NYC, Dr. Natalya Fazylova, please contact our office.
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