Rosacea is a skin condition that involves facial blood vessels that become enlarged, causing a red flush to the cheeks and nose. The redness may be accompanied by small, pus-filled, red bumps. It is most commonly seen in middle-aged women who have fair skin and is sometimes mistaken for acne.
Rosacea cannot be cured, but we offer treatments that may reduce the symptoms. If rosacea is left untreated, it may worsen over time, causing swollen and bumpy skin, especially on the nose.
Rosacea usually begins any time after a person turns 30 years old, and it starts as redness on the cheeks, nose, forehead or chin. It may come and go for a few years, but over time, it becomes a darker red and more persistent. It can also appear on the ears, neck, scalp or chest.
Some of the most common signs that rosacea may be developing are:
• Frequent blushing or flushing that causes the face to turn red. While this redness may come and go at first, it is considered one of the first signs that rosacea may be developing.
• Constant facial redness. This is the most common sign. The redness that resembles a sunburn or a blush does not go away.
• Red bumps and pimples that resemble acne, but are not, and may be accompanied by a burning or stinging sensation.
• Small blood vessels that are seen on the surface of the skin.
Some symptoms that may develop if the rosacea is not treated are:
• Irritation around the eyes that may cause swelling and redness. The eyes may water or appear bloodshot. This symptom may have very serious consequences if it is not treated.
• Dry and rough skin on the face and a burning or itching sensation with a feeling of tightness.
• Plaques, which may form as raised, red patches that do not affect the surrounding skin.
• Excess tissue, causing the skin to become thick. This mainly happens on the nose and affects men more than women.
• Facial swelling, which may occur alone or accompany other symptoms.
Any of the above symptoms may also occur on the neck, scalp, ears or chest. Many people experience several symptoms at the same time, and the different symptoms may develop in succession. Whether there are one or more symptoms, each one may have individual features that progress from mild to moderate to severe. This is the main reason why we recommend early diagnoses and treatment.
During a consultation with our specialist at REJÚV esthetics, you can learn about the stages of your rosacea and your best treatment options. New treatments have been developed that are suitable for long-term use. Since each patient has unique signs and symptoms of rosacea, the treatment is tailored to each individual. Our office is located in Poplar Bluff. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more about our treatment options.