What is Rosacea?

What is Rosacea?

Do people often ask you if you are blushing? Or ask “why are your cheeks red?” You may share a common skin condition with Dr. Kristin Baird, called rosacea. What is rosacea? When the blood vessels in the face may become visible and cause persistent redness. Rosacea can start as a tendency to blush or flush easily. The redness and visible blood vessels can involve the nose, cheeks, forehead, chin, and ears.

There are different types and severity of rosacea but symptoms can include redness, flushing, bumpy thick texture, swollen skin, and acne-like breakouts. Left untreated it can gradually get worse over time and cause persistent redness of the face.

Here are some tips and tricks Dr. Kristin Baird uses to reduce flare-ups.

  • Rosacea triggers are different for everyone. Identify when the blood vessels begin to dilate and the skin flushes to detect what might be specific to you. Common triggers may include exposure to heat, wind, cold, certain foods, and alcohol. Take notice when your skin begins to flare and what might have been the cause. Dr. Baird shares, “Mine has flared when I am skiing so I have started using a full-face mask under my helmet with goggles. It has made a significant difference.”
  • Sun protection. Having rosacea can lead to increased sensitivity to sun exposure. Be sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF 30+ every day and multiple times while outside. “I wear a wide-brimmed hat and sun-protective clothing.” Seek shade while outdoors and avoid the harshest rays at midday, between 11 am-3 pm. Dr. Baird’s current favorite sunscreen right now is EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44. It has a subtle tint to mask imperfections while shielding skin from harmful environmental aggressors. The zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide gentle, chemical-free sun protection. EltaMD Elements is unique because it includes hyaluronic acid that hydrates dry skin while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The antioxidant protection helps combat skin-aging free radicals. The hydrating base helps maintain moisture balance and comfort for all skin types.
  • Skincare is very important in general but can play a vital role in decreasing flare-ups for rosacea. Excessive exfoliation and harsh product ingredients can irritate sensitive skin. Consider using mild skin care products and be extra gentle with your skincare. “A few of my favorite products for rosacea include LA ROSCHE-POSAY Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer and Soolantra. This moisturizer is great for people with Rosacea because it soothes inflammation. The ingredients are blended with ceramides, niacinamide, glycerin and prebiotics to aid in restoring the skin barrier. Soolantra helps control the acne-like breakouts. “

There are several treatment options for rosacea. Prescription medications such as Soolantra, Finacea, and Rhofade are effective in combination with lasers and a personalized skincare regimen. To determine the best rosacea treatment consider consulting a board-certified dermatologist near you to find a treatment plan that best suits you and your lifestyle.

“There is currently no known cure for rosacea but I have found I can successfully control my flares with some lifestyle changes, skincare products, and laser treatments.”

Kristin Baird, MD
Owner & Medical Director, Dermatology Center of the Rockies

 

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