A chronic skin condition, rosacea primarily affects the skin on the face. The skin becomes red and inflamed, and it sometimes also gets thicker than normal skin is. Pimples frequently develop on the afflicted skin.
Rosacea can be responsible for a variety of symptoms. A few of the most common ones include:
Symptoms may wax and wane, getting more severe and then less severe. Because rosacea is a chronic condition, however, symptoms will always return -- even if they disappear for a time.
No one knows exactly what causes rosacea, but a number of risk factors have been identified. Women are more likely to develop the condition, as are fair-skinned individuals. Some other risk factors that increase a person’s chances of getting rosacea include:
There are several ways to treat rosacea. Depending on how mild or severe a person’s condition is, a provider might recommend:
Laser treatments can be particularly effective at treating moderate and severe rosacea. An aesthetician or doctor can use a laser treatment to revitalize the skin, reduce acne, and treat red, swollen areas. Because laser treatments are non-invasive, they’re often an option even if a patient has other underlying medical concerns that must be considered. One popular laser treatment is Cynosure®. Cynosure makes a number of different laser therapy products, some of which are used by providers throughout the country to treat rosacea.