Do you flush easily or have trouble with facial redness? Do you have pimples that don’t respond to acne treatment? The cause could be rosacea, a skin condition that affects over four million people globally. While there is not a cure for rosacea, the condition can be controlled with simple lifestyle changes and appropriate treatment from your dermatologist in Colorado Springs, CO.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition characterized by visible blood vessels and facial redness. In some cases, rosacea causes pimple-like bumps. It is sometimes referred to as “adult acne.” In actuality, it is a subset of acne. Adults can develop acne, rosacea, or both. If you have breakouts that are unresponsive to or aggravated by over-the-counter treatments, it might not be acne at all.

Rosacea symptoms

Symptoms may vary depending on the subtype of rosacea and skin type. Additionally, flares may come-and-go, lasting weeks or months.

Symptoms include:

  • Persistent facial redness, especially in the nose area.
  • Swollen, visible blood vessels on the cheeks or nose.
  • Facial flushing.
  • Tender, stinging, or heated skin.
  • Itchy, red, or irritated eyes.
  • Thickening of skin and gradual enlargement of the nose over years.

How rosacea is treated

  • Medications – Topical serums/gels/foams may soothe skin and treat pimples. Oral medications may reduce chronic inflammation.
  • Lifestyle changes – Learning to identity (and possibly avoid) rosacea triggers to prevent flares.
  • Destruction of broken blood vessels causing redness via an electric needle or lasers.

Dr. Susan Schroeder is a board-certified dermatologist, with extensive experience diagnosing and treating rosacea. Call our office at 719-421-7132 and schedule a consultation to get started.