Rosacea is a common skin issue that causes telltale redness on the face and body, even the eyes. This condition often starts as easy “flushing,” but it can also lead to lasting redness that doesn’t dissipate quickly. In some cases, it even leads to enlarged blood vessels and skin that stays red, pink, or purple indefinitely.
Dr. Juan-Carlos Caballero and our expert team can help you find ways of managing your rosacea and keeping redness at bay. And don’t worry. If you already have red skin that seems permanent, they can help with that, too.
If you have rosacea, here’s why you shouldn’t wait to schedule an appointment with Dr. Caballero at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, Virginia.
Why rosacea causes redness
The exact cause of rosacea isn’t known. However, experts suspect that this chronic condition is related to a combination of an overactive immune system, genetics, or even your daily life. And while anyone can develop this skin problem, it’s especially common in women between 30 and 50 years of age who smoke, burn easily in the sun, or have a family member with the condition.
The precise cause of rosacea may not be known, but the factors that can cause a flare-up aren’t as mysterious. Triggers that commonly cause rosacea redness and flushing include:
- Very hot or cold temperatures
- Wind or sun
- Spicy foods, hot drinks, or alcohol
- Emotional stress
- Certain self-care products, like cosmetics, soaps, lotions, and shampoos
- Medications that dilate the blood vessels
Once you have a rosacea flare-up, it can last for days, weeks, or even months before it goes away. However, without proper treatment, the redness you experience during these events can last longer and eventually become permanent.
If you have rosacea, it’s crucial to work with an expert like Dr. Caballero. This ensures you receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment strategy based on your unique situation.
Getting to the source of your redness
Rosacea can vary significantly from person to person, so you need help eliminating the guesswork when managing your condition.
Dr. Caballero takes a comprehensive approach to treating this complex skin issue, relying on a combination of therapies tailored to each individual in his care. The most effective rosacea treatment plans focus on prevention, such as:
- Avoiding personal triggers like spicy foods, hot beverages, and alcohol
- Exercising in cool environments to prevent overheating
- Practicing good sun protection by limiting exposure and using sunscreen
- Not rubbing, scrubbing, or massaging your skin, which can cause irritation
- Avoiding any skin or hair products that seem to irritate your skin
Dr. Caballero also suggests keeping a diary of your flushing episodes and what could have led to the flare-up — like food, weather conditions, a specific activity, a type of product, or a medication. Simply put, the more you know about your rosacea, the better you can control it.
Treating rosacea redness
The preventive strategies outlined above can go a long way in reducing rosacea redness. However, that’s typically just the beginning when it comes to effective management strategies.
Rosacea redness can be camouflaged with tinted cosmetics, however, actual treatments to reduce and control it often include prescription gels or creams, oral antibiotics, and personalized skincare regimens to avoid any further irritation.
Dr. Caballero can also help minimize your redness, whether it comes and goes or has become a permanent problem, with BBL laser therapy. In fact, some people see their redness completely cleared up after a series of these treatments — and the results can last for months, or even years.
At the end of the day, you don’t have to live with rosacea redness. However, you need to work with an expert like Dr. Caballero to find the most effective management strategy for you.
Do you have rosacea? Don’t wait until the redness becomes a permanent problem to learn more about your treatment options. Contact Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, Virginia, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Caballero by calling 540-701-4656 or requesting an appointment online today.