Rosacea is a skin condition that many people suffer from but don’t know what it is. Dr. Kwan, a board-certified dermatologist, is the best partner for tackling your rosacea symptoms and achieving relief, but it can be helpful to know more about it and why it happens. Here’s a quick guide to rosacea and what you can expect from treatment.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common but often misunderstood condition that primarily affects the face. It is characterized by redness, bumps, and pimples and can cause burning and stinging sensations. Rosacea typically starts around age 30 and gets worse with time. While there is no cure for rosacea, treatments can help control the symptoms.
What are the symptoms of Rosacea?
The main symptoms of rosacea are redness, bumps, and pimples. The skin may also feel hot or inflamed, and sometimes there is a burning or stinging sensation. Rosacea can occur anywhere on the face but typically starts on the cheeks, nose, and forehead. In severe cases, the eyes may also be affected.
Symptoms can include:
- Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead
- Bumps or pimples on the face
- Burning or stinging sensations on the face
- A flushed appearance in the face even without exercise or hot weather
- Eye irritation, such as redness, dryness, blurriness, or light sensitivity
How is Rosacea treated?
If you think you might have rosacea, it’s important to see a dermatologist for a diagnosis. There is no cure for rosacea, but treatments can help control its symptoms. Several treatments are available for rosacea, including topical medications, oral medications, and light-based therapies. Topical medications are usually the first line of treatment and can be very effective in reducing symptoms. Oral medications may be necessary for more severe cases of rosacea. Light-based therapies, such as intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, can also help reduce the redness and bumps associated with rosacea. It’s important to work with a dermatologist to find the best treatment plan for you.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Kwan is a board-certified dermatologist who has many years of experience helping patients find rosacea relief. To meet with our team and learn more about your options, we invite you to contact Kwan Dermatology at our San Francisco office by calling or filling out our online form.