Hill Country Dermatology
Dermatology & Aesthetic Services located in New Braunfels, TX & Schertz, TX
If you’re constantly trying to cover redness on your cheeks, nose, or chin, rosacea may be the culprit. At Hill Country Dermatology in New Braunfels, and Schertz, our providers take advantage of the latest rosacea treatments to reduce skin redness. For rosacea diagnosis and treatment, call the experienced dermatologists at Hill Country Dermatology or book an appointment online now.
Rosacea Q & A
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin disorder that causes chronic redness, visible blood vessels, and small bumps in some cases. While the condition affects everyone differently, it most commonly develops on the nose, cheeks, and chin. Some individuals experience constant redness, while others can go months without a rosacea flare-up.
It can be difficult to diagnose rosacea, as it looks similar to other common conditions, like dermatitis and psoriasis. That’s why it’s best to seek care from an experienced dermatologist if you experience any signs of rosacea.
What are the symptoms of rosacea?
Symptoms of rosacea vary depending on the type and severity of the condition. Common signs of rosacea include:
- Facial redness
- Visible blood vessels
- Enlarged nose
- Dry, swollen eyelids
- Tiny, acne-like bumps
A rosacea flare-up can occur at any time, but symptoms tend to worsen after you exercise, consume alcohol, eat spicy foods, or sit in the sun for too long.
What are the different types of rosacea?
An accurate rosacea diagnosis is crucial for creating a targeted treatment plan. Each type of rosacea responds to different treatments. The four types of rosacea include:
Also called erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR), Subtype 1 is the most common form of rosacea. Flushing and redness are the most prominent signs, but many individuals also experience visible blood vessels.
Subtype 2, or papulopustular rosacea, resembles acne. This type causes tiny red bumps and commonly occurs in middle-aged women.
Far less common than other types, rhinophyma (Subtype 3) leads to thickening of the skin around the nose. The nose looks large, red, and bumpy. This rare type of rosacea typically occurs in individuals who already have another subtype.
Ocular rosacea, or Subtype 4, affects the eyes. If you have ocular rosacea, your eyelids may swell and turn red. Many people with this subtype also experience dry, itchy, red eyes.
What are the treatments for rosacea?
Rosacea currently has no cure, but a combination of treatments can help manage the condition and reduce flare-ups. After a comprehensive examination of your skin, the team at Hill Country Dermatology can address your symptoms with a targeted treatment plan. Your treatment may include:
Topical treatments that constrict the blood vessels can help reduce facial redness, while others target acne-like bumps. At-home solutions may also calm your skin enough to minimize inflammation.
Doxycycline is an oral antibiotic that may help reduce the appearance of acne-like bumps if you have Subtype 2 rosacea. The team typically only recommends antibiotics for those with severe rosacea.
Understanding your triggers is the most important way to prevent flare-ups. This may mean avoiding red wine, spicy foods, or irritating skin care products. Protecting your skin with sunscreen is also essential, as sunlight can inflame rosacea symptoms. You should also use gentle facial cleansers, moisturizers, and other products to protect your skin.
If you’re struggling with facial redness, talk to the experienced dermatologists at Hill Country Dermatology. Call or book an appointment online to learn more.
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