Skin that frequently looks red or pimples that last longer than they should are common signs of rosacea, a condition affecting more than 14 million men and women in the United States. Dr. David Graham at Silver Leaf Dermatology in Edmond and Enid, Oklahoma treats rosacea flares and promotes lifestyle adjustments to avoid triggering this disease. To find out more about the rosacea treatments available to those in Edmond and its surrounding area, call the expert team at Silver Leaf Dermatology today, or use the time-saving online booking form.
Rosacea is an incurable, non-contagious skin condition characterized by facial redness and acne-like lesions. Rosacea tends to come in cycles of flares and remissions, often preceded by a trigger, such as eating spicy foods, drinking alcohol, or taking a hot bath.
When you don’t seek treatment for your rosacea, the affected areas can become darker and ruddier. You may also develop large bumps and swellings on your face, such as a bulbous nose. Rosacea commonly affects the following areas:
The classic symptom of rosacea is red skin. Other symptoms of this poorly understood disease include:
Rosacea may be inherited. Most people who get rosacea have fair skin that tends to flush easily.
Rosacea tends to develop after the age of 30 and worsens over time without treatment. While women are affected more frequently than men, men tend to get more severe symptoms.
Exposure to environmental irritants may trigger your rosacea. Some examples of these irritants include:
You may also trigger rosacea if you:
Dr. Graham, at Silver Leaf Dermatology, can reduce the number and severity of your flares.
To achieve those goals, he may recommend non-irritating skin-care products, including those explicitly formulated for rosacea; washing your face with soft cloths in cool water and patting -- not rubbing -- your face dry, and applying sunscreen daily.
Keeping a diary to track your flares helps to identify and avoid your triggers. When you have a flare, Dr. Graham treats you with topical medications and oral antibiotics to quiet the symptoms.
For severe cases, he may use lasers or intense pulsed light to remove your lesions, bumpiness, and visible blood vessels, and reduce redness.
If you need to quiet down a rosacea flare or just find effective ways to control it, call the team at Silver Leaf Dermatology or book an appointment online.