What causes rosacea?
The exact cause of rosacea is currently unknown, though possible causes are still being researched, including genetics, problem blood vessels, a compromised immune or nervous system, and more. What is known is that lifestyle and environmental factors, often referred to as “triggers”, can lead to this redness response.
What are the most common triggers that activate or aggravate a rosacea flare-up?
The most common rosacea triggers include sun exposure, heavy physical overexertion, emotional stress, alcohol consumption, hot or cold weather, wind, spicy foods, hot baths, heated drinks, and even certain skin-care products.
Is avoiding lifestyle and environmental triggers really effective for helping manage my rosacea?
Yes. For many patients who have identified their personal trigger factors, avoiding those factors reduce their flare-ups because they are not putting themselves in a position to induce the symptoms to occur or recur.
Is rosacea contagious?
No, it is not contagious. There is no evidence that it is spread by skin contact or through the inhalation of airborne bacteria.
Can my rosacea flare-ups be diagnosed beforehand?
Possibly, but it’s not always consistent. Sometimes, “pre-rosacea” can be identified in younger people in their teens or early 20s because they visit a dermatologist for acne treatment, at which point their longer-than-normal redness and skin flushing continues to appear on the cheeks, chin, nose or forehead. If you recognize the symptoms of pre-rosacea in yourself or someone younger who’s close to you, such as a family member, please consult a dermatologist.
What are the symptoms of rosacea?
Rosacea can indicate itself in a variety of ways, and it’s not consistent from person to person. Many patients report one of a variety of symptoms that could indicate rosacea, which include: facial flushing, burning, itching, stinging, itching, and swelling (edema). Often, these symptoms cause the cheeks to look “baggy” or lead to a nose that becomes bulbous and/or bumpy. Dry, flaky skin is also commonly reported. Your symptoms may also exhibit various levels of severity in different areas of the face, or they may present themselves with similar symptoms on both sides of the face.
How long does rosacea last?
Rosacea is a chronic disorder characterized by relapses and periods of remission. Although there is currently no cure for rosacea, the symptoms can normally be controlled or managed with treatments and/or modifications to lifestyle. We have seen patients who continue their rosacea treatments for the long term are more successful in managing their symptoms and keeping the recurrence of rosacea at bay.
How long after a rosacea trigger will a rosacea flare-up occur?
Usually, how quickly a rosacea trigger can result in a flare-up differs from person to person and depends on the nature or type of trigger. The best way to know for yourself is to monitor yourself to see how quickly your rosacea flares up once you confront a trigger.
If there is no cure for rosacea, how can it be treated?
While it’s true that a cure for rosacea has yet to be found, the goal at West Dermatology Hillcrest is to medically treat your condition to control, manage, or even eliminate various signs and symptoms. Because rosacea signs and symptoms vary from patient to patient, your treatment plan must be tailored to meet the needs of your individual case. Such treatments include prescription oral and topical rosacea medication, oral antibiotics, laser treatment, and certain minor surgical procedures. Of course, avoiding known lifestyle and environmental factors that may trigger your condition is also effective.
What skin-care products are appropriate to use with rosacea?
If you’re like many rosacea sufferers, your skin is sensitive and easily irritated. If so, you should avoid products that irritate, burn, or sting your skin. Products that commonly do this include ones that have alcohol, fragrance, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus oil, and salicylic acid as ingredients. The rosacea experts at West Dermatology recommend full-spectrum sunscreens, SPF 15 or higher, because your facial skin is likely susceptible to sun damage and subsequent rosacea flare-ups.
How much are treatments for rosacea at West Dermatology?
While the cost of treatment for Rosacea may vary, we accept medical insurance. Below is a list of the major insurance carriers accepted at our West Dermatology Hillcrest office. If you don’t see your carrier, we are also in network with several additional local organizations and carriers. However, even within the major carriers, policies and coverages frequently have restrictions and limitations. Please call us to confirm your insurance and we help confirm your coverage for treatment.
Provider Select, Inc.
TriWest Healthcare Alliance
Western Growers Alliance & Trust
Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Blue Shield of California
Humana Choice Care®
Sharp Health Plan
Fresenius Medical Care
Railroad Medicare Providers
Networks by Design
Three Rivers Provider Network