Atlantic Dermatology, PA

Board-Certified Dermatologists serving the Greater Charlotte, NC area

Persistent flushing of the cheeks, nose, and forehead may indicate rosacea. At Atlantic Dermatology, the team offers treatments to help you manage this chronic condition. If you live in the Greater Charlotte, North Carolina area, call the office or book an appointment online to learn more about rosacea diagnosis and treatment.

Rosacea Q & A

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic, irritating skin condition in which you have a persistent ruddiness, sometimes accompanied by bumps and thickening. It usually begins sometime after age 30 and progressively worsens as time goes by, especially if it goes untreated. In severe cases, your nose can accumulate excess tissue, swell, and acquire bumps. About 50% of rosacea cases also involve the eyes.

What are the symptoms of rosacea?

Reddened skin and bloodshot eyes are common symptoms. You might also experience:

  • Burning, stinging skin
  • Larger-than-normal pores
  • Bumps on your eyelids
  • Compromised vision
  • Bulbous nose
  • Patches of dry, rough skin

Rosacea symptoms aren’t always present but often occur in response to triggers. You may have a flare-up that lasts for a few days or weeks and then fades, only to return.

Who is at risk of rosacea?

Rosacea often has a hereditary component, so if someone in your family has it, you’re more likely to develop it, too. You may be more likely to develop rosacea if you are:

  • Light of skin with blond hair and blue eyes
  • Between the ages of 30 and 50
  • Female
  • A smoker
  • Prone to acne

Blood vessel issues, an abundance of a particular type of skin mites, or presence of H. pylori in your gut are possible reasons why you have rosacea.

How is rosacea treated?

Seek treatment for rosacea because, without it, you’re more likely to experience more severe and frequent symptoms that can become permanent.

No cure for the condition exists, but your Atlantic Dermatology provider may prescribe medications that help tighten blood vessels, clear up bumps and redness, and kill bacteria on your skin. Other treatments include lasers to shrink enlarged blood vessels and dermabrasion to exfoliate the outer layer of your skin.

You can also reduce the occurrence of your rosacea symptoms by avoiding triggers, including:

  • Direct sunlight and extreme temperatures
  • Wind
  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Intense exercise
  • Blood pressure drugs
  • Spicy foods

If you have redness and mild pimples on your face, especially around your nose, call Atlantic Dermatology or book an appointment online to be screened for rosacea and receive treatment.