With millions of Americans affected by Rosacea, it’s surprising that it doesn’t get more media coverage. Perhaps one of the reasons is because this skin condition is very much misunderstood and is often even confused for other problems, like eczema or acne. Unfortunately, because many sufferers often don’t realize that this condition is quite manageable with the right Rosacea treatments, they delay seeking help until the symptoms become severe and lead to changes in skin texture or even the shape of the nose.
Rosacea can be divided into two sub types; Papulopustular and Erythrotelangiectatic. The former typically presents with red bumps on the skin that can resemble acne, while the latter is associated with more general redness and prolonged flushing of the face. However, there are many symptoms associated with Rosacea, and a patient can present with many combinations of these.
- Redness and Swelling: For many patients, this skin condition is marked by prolonged redness and swelling, which can also be accompanied by an itching or burning sensation. Flushing of the face, especially the cheeks, is also quite common.
- Bumps: With papulopustular Rosacea, the patient develops bumps on the skin that resemble acne. We’ve had numerous patients who visited us because they thought they were dealing with adult acne and were frustrated because over-the-counter acne medication wasn’t effective. But upon closer examination, the issue turned out to be Rosacea – and we were able to help them get their symptoms under control with proper treatment.
It is important to keep in mind that symptoms can occur in varying combinations and with different severity. This makes it imperative to develop a custom-tailored treatment plan that addresses your unique needs, to provide long term relief.