Rosacea is a common, chronic skin condition that affects over 14 million Americans, many of whom are unaware that they have the condition. Rosacea appears on the skin of the face as areas of redness, episodic flushing, visible blood vessels, and small bumps similar to acne, and can affect a patient’s confidence and self-esteem as a result. Rosacea typically affects adults with fair complexions. Triggers of rosacea include heat, sun, alcohol, and spicy foods.
Although rosacea is a chronic condition that cannot be cured, there are several treatments available to help control symptoms and allow patients to enjoy their lives without constantly worrying about the appearance of their skin. The most effective treatment for rosacea depends on each patient’s individual case, but usually includes a combination of prescription treatment and life changes.
Medication for rosacea may include topical creams and oral antibiotics to relieve the inflammatory symptoms of the condition. Laser therapy is also a helpful option.