As many as 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, a chronic skin condition characterized by skin redness on the face. While common and chronic, rosacea can be controlled with the right skin care treatment. The team of board-certified dermatologists at Lumos Dermatology® specializes in the treatment of rosacea and works with you to design a plan to help minimize flare-ups. Call the office in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, New York City, or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment today.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that most often causes redness on the skin of your nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin. The skin condition is more common in women and usually first appears between the ages of 30 and 50. You are at risk of rosacea if it runs in your family or you’re fair-skinned with blue eyes and blond hair.
Rosacea causes a range of symptoms, which are classified into subtypes. The subtypes include:
With subtype 1, you may experience redness along the nose and cheeks. You may also develop spider veins and experience swelling, dryness, or itchiness.
In addition to redness and spider veins, subtype 2 causes acne and sometimes the development of thick patches of skin, referred to as plaque.
Subtype 3 causes your skin to thicken. This subtype is rare and often develops after you experience signs and symptoms of another subtype.
Subtype 4 refers to rosacea that affects the eyes. If you have this subtype, your eyes may be watery, red, or itchy.
The board-certified dermatologists at Lumos Dermatology® can determine the subtypes you have during your consultation.
The experienced team at Lumos Dermatology® conducts comprehensive evaluations when you come in with concerns about rosacea. During your evaluation, your dermatologist reviews your symptoms, along with your medical and family history, and conducts a careful evaluation of your skin.
To rule out other causes of your skin condition, your dermatologist may request additional diagnostic testing before a formal diagnosis is made.
Your rosacea treatment may include a combination of healthy skin care habits and medical treatments to prevent and control flare-ups. While there are many effective medical treatments for rosacea, taking good care of your skin may be enough to reduce the risk of flare-ups.
The team at Lumos Dermatology® may recommend you first identify the triggers that cause a flare-up, which include outside temperature changes, wind, or certain foods. The team also recommends you use sunblock daily and provides instructions on how to care for your skin to keep breakouts to a minimum.
To manage a flare-up, the team develops a personalized medical treatment plan based on your rosacea subtype, which may include topical medication and laser therapy.
For a consultation with the experienced team at Lumos Dermatology® to help get control over your rosacea, call the office or use the online booking button.