Tone Down the Redness of Chronic Flushing and Blushing in Thousand Oaks
Rosacea impacts millions of Americans. The skin disorder is similar to acne in that sufferers can develop whiteheads or blackheads, but it is also closely associated with the persistent redness of uncontrollable blushing. For men and women embarrassed by these symptoms of rosacea, Thousand Oaks’ Dr. Peterson Pierre encourages seeking out professional treatment as opposed to trying to hide your face from the world.
This message is necessary, because many patients deal with psychological effects in addition to the physical discomfort. The impact of constant flushing and acne-like breakouts can take a toll on self-esteem. If living with rosacea affects your desire to participate in social situations, get help and jump back into life!
What Is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that impacts more than 16 million Americans, with light-skinned, middle-aged women being the most common sufferers. That said, anyone can develop symptoms.
Rosacea most commonly manifests as ongoing facial redness and bumps, but it is also possible for these problems to appear on the chest and back. Other symptoms include visible blood vessels, pustules, burning or stinging sensations, unusual skin sensitivity, and dry or irritated eyes.
Diagnosis involves Dr. Peterson Pierre making a close examination of your skin, as well as asking detailed questions about your medical history.
What Are the Different Forms of Rosacea?
Rosacea is broken into four main categories, although patients often experience symptoms common to more than just one type:
- erythematotelangiectatic, with ongoing facial redness and visible blood vessels that can become more and less pronounced over time—though lack of treatment can lead to longer-lasting, more dramatic symptoms
- papulopustular, resembling whiteheads and potentially dozens of swollen bumps similar with acne breakouts
- phymatous, which causes the skin to grow thicker and possibly bumpy, especially on the nose—a condition that impacts men far more than women
- ocular, causing bloodshot and watery eyes, as well as persistent burning and itching sensations, as well as the possible formation of eyelid cysts
What Causes Rosacea and Triggers Outbreaks?
While doctors do not currently know what causes rosacea to initially develop in patients, research has led to the identification of certain factors that can trigger flare-ups. In general, patients may find that their symptoms worsen after exposure to sunlight, alcohol, spicy foods, stress (or any emotional or embarrassing situation that causes you to flush or blush), extreme temperatures, certain medications, and strenuous exercise.
What Can Be Done About Rosacea?
There is no cure for rosacea, but treatments can be highly effective for managing the symptoms and controlling flare-ups. Therapy may consist of topical creams or oral antibiotics, as well as lifestyle alterations. Awareness of the factors that cause your flare-ups is one way to gain control over your own skin.
Seeking appropriate treatment for flare-ups that do happen is also necessary. Dr. Pierre has a variety of options to alleviate differing degrees of symptoms. Cutera Excel V and Laser Genesis treatments, for example, are effective at toning down the redness of flushing. Options are customized to each individual patient, which can lead to improvement in the length of time between outbreaks. While restoration of healthy skin may take a few months, patients should quickly feel more confident as they see clearing occur.
Dr. Peterson Pierre
As a Stanford Medical School graduate and dermatologist certified by the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Peterson Pierre ("the Gentle Injector") is a highly respected leader in the industry with a reputation for exceeding patient expectations.
Why Choose Pierre Skin Care Institute for Rosacea Care in Thousand Oaks?
As a board-certified dermatologist with years of education and practical experience, Dr. Peterson Pierre believes your skin is a reflection of your overall health. You deserve to be excited at the prospect of engaging in life—not anxious about your appearance. Dr. Pierre offers personalized medical dermatology treatment options so you can move toward the best skin of your life, and leave the worry of rosacea behind.