Dermatology located in Orem, UT
Though a common skin condition, rosacea affects the skin on your face, making it a difficult problem to ignore. At the Dermatology Center in Orem, Utah, Kraig Jenson, MD, and Devin Burr, DO, specialize in diagnosing and treating rosacea. They provide many innovative treatments and therapies to improve the look of your skin and minimize flare-ups. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels on the skin on your face. The redness most often affects the nose, cheeks, and forehead.
The skin condition may cause flare-ups that last for weeks and then go into long periods of remission. Rosacea can affect anyone but is more common in middle-aged women.
You may be at risk of developing rosacea if it runs in your family or you have light skin that’s prone to sunburn.
What are the types of rosacea?
Though redness on the face is the most common symptom of rosacea, there are subtypes of this skin condition that cause varying symptoms.
Types of rosacea include:
Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is the most common type; it causes redness and visible blood vessels to appear on the nose, cheeks, and, sometimes, the forehead.
With papulopustular rosacea, in addition to the redness and visible blood vessels, you also have pus-filled bumps on the nose or cheeks. Many people mistake this type of rosacea as a form of acne.
People with phymatous rosacea develop thickened skin on their nose. It is the least common type of rosacea.
Ocular rosacea affects the eyes, causing redness and swelling of the lower rim of the eyelid.
What happens during a rosacea evaluation?
When you visit the Dermatology Center for a rosacea evaluation, you can expect a comprehensive and patient-focused exam. The experienced dermatologists have helped many people with rosacea improve the look of their skin in their 40 years of practice.
During the evaluation, your provider asks detailed questions about your skin concerns and any activities or actions that trigger the redness. They also review your medical history and examine your skin.
Though your dermatologist diagnoses rosacea after a history and physical, they may take a biopsy of your skin to confirm a diagnosis.
How is rosacea treated?
Treatment for rosacea focuses on reducing flare-ups and alleviating symptoms when they occur. Your dermatologist at the Dermatology Center develops a plan that includes a comprehensive skin care regimen, as well as prescription medication.
Your plan may include:
- Gentle skin cleansing
- Regular use of sunscreen
- Topical creams to reduce redness
- Oral corticosteroids
- Laser treatments
Your dermatologist also helps you identify and avoid your rosacea triggers. Common triggers include sun exposure, wind or change in weather, and alcohol.
To get help for rosacea, call the Dermatology Center, or schedule a consultation through the online booking tool today.