Rosacea Dermatologists in Anchorage, AK
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common skin, vascular disease that typically starts with a tendency to blush more often than unaffected people. The redness caused by rosacea can spread slowly from the nose and cheeks to the chin and forehead. Other body parts that can be affected include the back, chest, and ears. In addition to redness, rosacea can also cause skin thickening, and red, irritated eyes (occular rosacea). The lesions of rosacea are a deeper red color than lesions of Acne.
Dr. Michael Cusack understands how rosacea can affect your skin and life. He is determined to help you with the treatment you deserve and give you back your confidence.
What Causes Rosacea?
The precise cause of rosacea is not known but numerous theories exist. Blood vessels in the face can dilate too readily, and greater blood flow to this area can make the skin appear red. Certain environmental, and other, triggers can provoke this redness response. These may include skin bacteria, sun damage, and an immune system or inflammatory response.
Is Rosacea Contagious?
Rosacea is not contagious. It cannot be spread through skin contact or inhalation of bacteria. Antibiotics are believed to improve the condition due to their anti-inflammatory effects, not their antibacterial ability.
Is Rosacea Hereditary?
There have been no formal scientific studies upon the effects of heredity on rosacea, but it is believed that heredity does play a role in many cases. About 40 percent of patients with rosacea also had a relative with the condition.
How Long Can Rosacea Last?
Rosacea is considered to be a chronic condition that can come and go. A study found that about half of those with rosacea had the active form, while the other half had cleared. The average duration of those with active rosacea was 13 years. Those with cleared rosacea went without symptoms for an average of nine years. Although there is presently no cure for rosacea, its symptoms can be managed with medication and lifestyle changes.
A significant number of rosacea patients report sensations of facial burning, itching, and stinging. Others experience facial swelling that can be apparent in the early stages of the disease. The redness and flushing is associated with inflammation. The creases on either side of the nose are often affected, which can disfigure the nose.
Is It Similar to Eczema?
There is no link between the two diseases, although their symptoms can be similar. Rosacea is found more often in people with fair skin and usually only affects the face. Eczema is found more often in people with dry skin and can affect more areas of the body.
Some FAQs are provided by the National Rosacea Society, general and more.
Rosacea Treatment Provided By Dr. Michael Cusack
The symptoms of rosacea are varied, depending upon the individual patient. So treatment must be designed specifically for that patient by a physician. One patient may have significant problems with redness, while another has skin thickening and bumps. Oral antibiotics are often prescribed for those with redness and pimples.
In certain cases, laser treatment may be appropriate for the removal of unsightly blood vessels and to correct any nose disfigurement. Symptoms involving the eyes are typically treated using oral antibiotics.
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Rosacea sufferers are normally advised to begin each day with a gentle and refreshing facial cleanse. Mild soaps and cleansers that are not abrasive are recommended. If a pad or washcloth is used, it should be soft and gentle.
Skincare Products & Rosacea
People with rosacea often have skin that is sensitive and easily irritated. Products that irritate or sting the skin should be avoided. This includes skincare products containing alcohol, clove oil, menthol, and peppermint.
Rosacea sufferers are also advised to use sunscreens, since their skin may be particularly vulnerable to sun damage. Sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher are recommended. If the sunscreen causes irritation, an alternative containing titanium dioxide or zinc may prove helpful.
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