Rosacea may affect up to 20% of Americans. The medical dermatology team at Dorset Street Dermatology, including Mitchell Schwartz, MD, Kara Rozendaal, PA-C and Wendy Shedd, PA-C, offer the best in rosacea diagnosis and care in their South Burlington, Vermont, office. The team can help you prevent the flare-ups and frustrations of rosacea, so call the office or schedule an appointment online now.
Rosacea is a skin condition affecting your face. It mainly appears in the nose, cheeks, and forehead areas. There are several subtypes of rosacea, including:
Erythromatotelangiectactic rosacea features red skin and prominent blood vessels.
Papulopustular rosacea causes papules and pustules, acne-like bumps that may or may not contain pus.
Phymatous rosacea causes thickened skin. It can range from mild to severe.
Ocular rosacea affects the eyes, causing eye redness.
You can have two or more subtypes of rosacea simultaneously.
If you have episodes of possible rosacea symptoms on a regular basis, it's time to visit Dorset Street Dermatology. Some symptoms that require attention include:
If you're not having symptoms right now, it's still important to seek help to reduce future flare-ups. The Dorset Street Dermatology team can diagnose your rosacea even if you're not having a flare-up at the moment.
The cause of rosacea isn't known at this time. Researchers believe that it may be an autoimmune issue, a response to high skin pH, a food sensitivity, a reaction to microscopic skin mites, or an inherited condition.
Although you can't prevent rosacea from developing, you can identify and manage your triggers to reduce flare-ups. Some of the most common rosacea triggers include:
Keep a diary of your symptoms and when they occur. You can work with the Dorset Street Dermatology team to identify the triggers and work around them.
Rosacea treatment focuses on managing your triggers, reducing skin inflammation, and caring for your sensitive skin. The exact treatment can depend upon your type of rosacea but may include topical creams, oral medications, eye drops for ocular rosacea, in-office services like broadband light (BBL), and lifestyle changes.
The Dorset Street Dermatology team can also recommend premium skin care and sun protection products from Skinceuticals® and Obagi® to prevent irritation and flare-ups while maintaining healthy skin.
If you have or suspect rosacea, call Dorset Street Dermatology or book an appointment online now.