Rosacea - Types, Symptoms & Treatment
Rosacea is a dermatological issue that affects millions of women and men each year.
While it’s often associated with flushing and redness, the condition can produce a number of other symptoms and cosmetic concerns.
Continue reading to learn about the different types of rosacea, related symptoms, and treatment options.
What Are the Four Types of Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition and more complex than many people may assume.
In fact, there are four subtypes of rosacea, each with their own set of symptoms.
Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR) is the type that most individuals are familiar with and presents as diffuse redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels.
As its name suggests, acne rosacea produces acne-like breakouts and is most likely to occur in women that are middle age or older.
Another rarer form of rosacea is rhinophyma, which is associated with thickening of the skin on the nose.
Finally, ocular rosacea is a subtype that affects the eyes.
Rosacea Symptoms According to Subtype
Not only do patients suffering from ETR experience redness, flushing, and broken capillaries, they may also present with swelling and red bumps. Sensitive, dry, and burning skin is commonly associated with this type of rosacea as well.
It’s not surprising that acne rosacea is often confused with acne vulgaris, since the two dermatological conditions share many of the same symptoms, including oily, red, or sensitive skin and acne-like breakouts.
However, individuals with acne rosacea may also exhibit broken blood vessels and raised patches of skin.
Rinophyma, commonly referred to as thickening skin rosacea, can affect the nose, chin, forehead, cheeks, and/or ears. It may also be associated with large pores and an uneven skin texture.
Lastly, ocular rosacea targets the eyes and can cause them to become red, watery, dry, itchy, bloodshot, and photosensitive.
How Can Rosacea be Treated?
Although rosacea is a chronic condition, patients can help limit symptoms through lifestyle modifications and in-office procedures--such as laser skin rejuvenation offered at Laser of Arlington.
To start, they should commit to a consistent skincare regimen, that includes a gentle cleanser and products that are oil-free and water-based.
Identifying triggers and taking steps to avoid irritants, like alcohol, sun, and spicy foods, is another way that people can reduce their likelihood of a rosacea flare-up.
Additionally, working with our medical specialists is an excellent option for patients that have tried at home remedies or OTC products and are still bothered by redness, visible blood vessels, breakouts, and uneven skin tone and texture.
If you are suffering from rosacea, call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation. With proper maintenance and with the help of laser treatments, you can look and feel your best.
We will discuss your concerns and expertly assess your symptoms to develop a custom treatment plan, which may involve topical creams and laser and light-based treatments.