Discover the best ways to manage your rosacea flare-ups.
Do you feel like you are constantly blushing even though you aren’t? Does this issue make you feel self-conscious about your appearance? Perhaps you’ve tried everything to cover it up but nothing seems to truly hide your bright, red skin. Whether our Winston Salem, Thomasville, and Kernersville, NC, dermatologist Dr. Paul Kostuchenko and the providers at Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center have diagnosed you with rosacea or you think you might have rosacea, it’s the perfect time to find out more about it and how to reduce your flare-ups.
What is rosacea?
This chronic skin condition usually appears after the age of 30 and leads to flushed skin and red, fluid-filled bumps that come and go. In some cases, the eyes may also become irritated and bloodshot.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms are intense and widespread redness across the face. Many people with rosacea often look like they are blushing or sunburned. In some cases, blood vessels and even small bumps may appear on the skin. Sometimes the affected skin may even burn.
What causes flare-ups?
Many factors can cause rosacea flare-ups including,
- Spicy foods
How is rosacea treated?
While there is currently no cure for rosacea, our Winston Salem, Thomasville, and Kernersville, NC, dermatologists have been able to help many rosacea sufferers better manage and lessen the intensity and frequency of their flare-ups to help them lead happier lives.
The treatment options and lifestyle modifications we offer are designed to keep your symptoms under control for the long run. First, we will recommend gentle, rosacea-friendly facial cleansers and products, as well as sunscreen. You should always wear sunscreen to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays.
It’s also important that you identify what triggers your symptoms so you can avoid them as much as possible. For example, if you smoke and you find that your rosacea flare-ups whenever you smoke then it’s time to find ways to quit smoking and ditch the habit for good.
Of course, there are several medications and laser treatments out there that can reduce redness, swelling and even eliminate the appearance of blood vessels. Both oral and topical medications can be a great way to send rosacea symptoms into remission.
Do you have questions about rosacea? Are you experiencing symptoms of rosacea? If so, you may want to schedule an evaluation with our Winston Salem, Thomasville, and Kernersville, NC, dermatologist Dr. Kostuchenko. Call Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center at (336) 768-1280 for the office in Winston Salem and Kernersville, NC, and (336) 714-0238 for the office in Thomasville, NC.