4 Little Known Facts About Rosacea (Updated 2023)

Dermatology Associates of Rochester
Woman with rosacea looking into mirror
Rosacea is a very common facial skin disorder, and it’s an issue that many of our Rochester-area dermatology patients worry about. Rosacea affects more than 16 million Americans, according to the National Rosacea Society. Many rosacea patients know little about the condition before their diagnosis. 

In this blog post, we’ll describe 4 little-known facts about rosacea and discuss potential treatment options.

What Causes Rosacea?

The first little-known fact about rosacea is that the condition has no definitive cause. Researchers continually perform clinical studies to understand rosacea’s root cause and triggers that cause flare-ups. It is a condition that can be managed and minimized but is categorized by flare-ups and cyclical nature, making it elusive in its origin and challenging to cure. It affects nearly 1 in 10 people, so research is vital because the effects of rosacea go beyond physical discomfort—they can adversely impact self-esteem and emotional well-being.

Are There Different Types of Rosacea?

Many people believe rosacea is the same for everyone. But there are actually 4 types of rosacea. The most familiar type is characterized by facial redness, flushing, and highly visible facial blood vessels. The 3 other subtypes are:

  • Bumps and pimples, usually following the facial redness
  • Skin thickening, usually around the nose
  • Eye irritation, resulting in bloodshot or watery eyes

No matter the type, the signs and symptoms are similar and often begin with persistent redness, face flushing, dry skin, and burning or stinging. The severity of redness and irritation varies widely, so don’t disregard consistent symptoms even if they are not severe.

Is a Laser the Best Treatment for Rosacea?

Little-known fact number 3: Not all rosacea treatments are created equal. That’s because not all rosacea or skin sensitivities are the same. Our dermatologists design unique treatment programs for each patient. It may include a topical cream, face wash, or an oral antibiotic. The treatment plan may include laser or light-based procedures to reduce or eliminate blood vessels and target thickening skin. You can read more about treatment options and products for rosacea-prone skin in a related blog post.

Depending on your rosacea type, your history, and potential lifestyle triggers, treatment programs can vary widely for affected patients. It’s best to discuss treatment directly with your doctor.

What Triggers Rosacea Flareups?

Patients diagnosed with rosacea often aren’t aware of certain lifestyle factors that can trigger flare-ups of the condition. Common triggers include stress, diet, amount of exercise, your skincare routine, sun exposure, and your use of cosmetics. Remember the number of activities that could affect your skin when trying to maintain symptoms. Your dermatologist can educate you on specific triggers and activities to avoid.

You can get more information on rosacea on the  National Rosacea Society website. If you’re looking for a dermatologist in Rochester to treat rosacea, you can use our online form to request a consultation at one of our dermatology clinics. You can also call us at (585) 272-0700. If you are interested in participating in a rosacea study, get in touch with our Skin Search team.

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