Rosacea and general facial redness or flushing have a lot of similarities but the redness caused by both can be effectively improved with treatments available at Skinspirations.

Rosacea is a chronic facial skin disorder that affects more than 16 million Americans. It’s characterized by redness mostly in the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead, caused by the dilation of multiple tiny blood vessels just below the skin’s surface. Some people with rosacea develop visible blood vessels in the reddened areas. In some cases, it causes tiny bumps in the central face as well. Ocular rosacea is a form of rosacea causing eye problems like redness or severely dry eyes, occasionally without facial redness or bumps. These signs and symptoms may flare up for weeks to months and then go away for a while. Rosacea can be mistaken for acne, other skin problems or natural ruddiness.

Rosacea can affect anyone. But it’s most common in middle-aged women who have light skin. There’s no cure for rosacea, but treatment can control and reduce the signs and symptoms. If you’ve developed worsening facial redness or a swollen red nose, see a dermatologist for treatment of the condition. They can determine if the problem is rosacea and offer treatment of the condition.

The National Rosacea Society has released an updated version of “Understanding Rosacea,” an educational booklet for patients and physicians that can be downloaded free of charge from the NRS website.

Another common cause of facial redness is flushing. Flushed skin occurs when tiny blood vessels just beneath the surface of the skin dilate. It’s most visible in areas where the blood vessels are close to the surface of the skin, such as the nose, cheeks, neck, and chest. There are multiple causes of flushing including emotional stress, medications, hormone changes, and histamine-mediated reactions.

Regardless of the cause of facial redness, Skinspirations has treatments to reduce it as well as the symptoms of ocular rosacea.

When tiny blood vessels are causing the redness seen with rosacea or flushing, laser vein therapy is the most effective treatment. For general redness or ocular rosacea, a series of IPL treatments work best.

If you have facial redness and would like to know your best treatment options, call 727.571.1923 or email us for a complimentary consultation today.