Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes chronic redness. Many patients find rosacea embarrassing and frustrating. Fortunately, it can be controlled with the help of a board-certified dermatologist. Dr. Clarence Wiley, Sr. provides a variety of rosacea treatments at his Oklahoma City, OK, practice. At Beauty Thru Health Dermatology, P.C. Dr. Wiley can examine your skin and tailor a personalized treatment plan to minimize redness and help you feel more confident.
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition that is often mistaken for other issues, such as acne or an allergic reaction. Common rosacea symptoms include:
- Redness in the central part of the face, including the cheeks and nose
- Swollen red bumps that resemble acne
- Eye issues, such as dryness, irritation, or swollen eyelids
- Thickening of the skin on the nose
While the exact causes of rosacea are unknown, it is likely due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Women, especially those with fair skin, are more likely to develop this condition.
How Rosacea Is Diagnosed
There is no specific test for diagnosing rosacea. Instead, Dr. Wiley will discuss your medical history with you and perform a physical examination of your skin.
Dr. Wiley offers a wide range of treatment options and can personalize a plan suited to your unique needs.
He may also recommend tests to rule out other possible issues with similar symptoms, such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, or lupus. After performing these tests, he can design a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve an improved complexion.
Your Treatment Options
While rosacea itself is incurable, a range of treatments exists to control your symptoms. Dr. Wiley will recommend treatments or lifestyle changes based on the type and severity of your symptoms.
One method of managing your rosacea symptoms is to figure out what triggers a breakout and avoid it. Triggers for rosacea increase blood flow to the surface of your skin. Common triggers include:
- Spicy foods
- Hot drinks
- Extremes in temperature
- Certain emotions
Drugs that dilate your blood vessels, such as certain blood pressure medications, can also increase the likelihood of a rosacea flare-up.
Since sunlight is one of the leading factors in a rosacea episode, properly protecting your skin is essential to managing your symptoms. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher and limit your exposure to the sun. If you have trouble finding a sunscreen due to skin irritation, Dr. Wiley can recommend a product that will be easier on your skin.
During microdermabrasion, Dr. Wiley uses a specialized device to gently remove the top-most layer of skin, revealing healthier skin beneath.
Several medications can address different aspects of rosacea:
- Oral antibiotics
- Medications that reduce redness, such as brimonidine
- Isotretinoin, which is also used for acne
- Medicated creams
Laser therapy is often effective in reducing the redness of enlarged blood vessels. Dr. Wiley has been performing treatment with lasers since 1982. His special training with lasers and other light-based therapies can help minimize distressing rosacea symptoms.
Conceal Your Symptoms
Some patients do not wish to undergo treatment for rosacea, but do want to find a way to minimize the redness of their skin. Green-tinted makeup is an option for some patients. Dr. Wiley can discuss your options with you during your appointment.
Improve the Health of Your Skin
If you are troubled by chronic redness or other rosacea symptoms, you can learn more about improving your symptoms by scheduling a consultation at Beauty Thru Health Dermatology. Dr. Wiley offers a wide range of treatment options and can personalize a plan suited to your unique needs. For more information, contact our office online or call (405) 278-7911 today.