Plano doctor explains that rosacea can be mistaken for acne
Rosacea is a common, acne-like skin condition that can be very mysterious for both patients and dermatologists. The dry, red, and inflamed patches of skin can come and go for some patients, yet remain persistent for others.
One of the most distinguishing characteristics of rosacea is visible capillaries and red bumps that are often confused with acne. In fact, rosacea is sometimes referred to as acne rosacea due to the similarities in appearance.
Millions of patients around the country suffer from rosacea and all of them have one thing in common: finding ways to control the condition is a struggle. Thankfully, with the help of a skilled dermatologist, you can learn to identify triggers for rosacea and minimize the flare-ups.
Causes of rosacea
There is a theory that rosacea may be genetic, but the cause is largely a mystery. Some experts believe that it might have to do with a thin layer of superficial blood vessels that are highly sensitive. Regardless of the cause, there are known triggers that can make symptoms of rosacea worse. They are: wind, sun exposure, hot climates, stress, spicy foods, alcohol, coffee, and certain cosmetic ingredients.
Because rosacea can be unpredictable, treatment can be challenging and is always highly individualized. Your dermatologist will recommend that you remove products with fragrances and dyes from your skin care routine, as they can aggravate the skin. Other recommendations include using sunscreen and limiting UV exposure.
Prescription treatments from your dermatologist may include oral antibiotics, topical antibiotics, topical anti-inflammatory medications, Mirvaso Gel, Salicylic acid, beta blockers, or Accutane. In some cases, intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) can be effective in reducing the appearance of broken capillaries associated with rosacea.
If you are frustrated with having a skin condition that is difficult to control, we understand. Contact your Plano dermatologist today.Back to Blog Page