KANSAS CITY – Rosacea affects more than 14 million people in the United States. Famous people who battle rosacea include Mariah Carey, Bill Clinton and Rosie O’Donnell. This chronic skin rash primarily affects the face and eyes, striking men and women in their middle or senior years. Rosacea is more common in menopausal women and those who are fair skinned, although men are more likely to have its severest form.
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While there is a lot of research under way, scientists do not know the cause of this acne-like ailment. However, the medical community is learning more every day. Premier Plastic Surgery of Kansas City (PPSKC) offers the following rosacea primer.
Types of Rosacea
- Pre-rosacea: easy or permanent flushing (erythema) of neck and facial skin.
- Vascular rosacea: warm swollen facial skin caused by engorged blood vessels.
- Inflammatory rosacea: pimples, pronounced blood vessels, thick facial skin.
- Rhinophyma: enlarged oil glands, thickened skin, inflamed blood vessels and swelling, resulting in a gradually worsening, red-purplish bulbous nose.
- Ocular rosacea: reddened eyes, tearing, burning, and gritty feeling. Eyelids may become severely irritated, as well.
Each rosacea sufferer has triggers that worsen the condition. Treatment depends on subtypes and severity. It helps to track triggers and to avoid them when possible. Medical intervention from a family practice doctor, a dermatologist or a cosmetic plastic surgeon will help minimize the severity of rosacea. Some degree of trial and error is involved as each case is unique. Treatment options may include:
- Making diet modifications, such as avoiding caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods which trigger dilation of blood vessels in the skin
- Avoiding stress, weather extremes, irritating products
- Using high-quality UVA and UVB sunscreen
- Applying topical cortisone cream
- Taking topical and oral antibiotics
- Getting glycolic acid peels
- Undergoing laser therapy
- Trying dermabrasion
If rosacea is getting the best of you, call the PPSKS team. We have highly experienced board-certified plastic surgeons and skin care estheticians who would be happy to help you find the best way to improve your condition and cosmetic appearance. Call (913) 782-0707 to set up an appointment today.