Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that affects more than 14 million people across the United States. It encompasses several different forms, the most common of which presents as reddened skin on the nose and cheeks. Many patients with rosacea describe their condition as a tendency to blush or flush easily. Rosacea can also include irritation, redness, and swelling of the eyes; acne-like breakouts; and the hypertrophy (thickening) of oil glands that leads to a bulbous nose.
Patients at risk for rosacea meet the following common criteria:
- 30-50 years of age
- Fair skin
- Blond hair
- Blue eyes
- Scandinavian or Celtic ancestry
When you visit Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Specialists, treatment is based on your type of rosacea. Dr. Michael J. Messina, our dermatologist, may recommend treatments that target thickened skin, facial redness, and pus-filled bumps. These include oral and topical medications, laser therapy, and surgical procedures. Though rosacea is a chronic skin condition that cannot be banished completely, symptoms can improve greatly when treated with professional care.
We look forward to helping you develop a customized plan to treat your rosacea in Palm Desert, California, and to help you feel good about your skin. Please contact our office at 760-773-6616 if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment.