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For many people, having rosy cheeks is a desirable attribute since it is associated with youth and health. But what if the reddish tinge to your skin is actually an indication of an underlying skin condition? This is the case with rosacea, a chronic condition characterized by excessive flushing of the face. If you have persistent facial redness or even skin thickening, you may also have it. However, do not be alarmed! Nearly 16 million Americans deal with rosacea, according to the National Rosacea Society’s estimates.

Unfortunately, rosacea can be a source of insecurities for many—and while it can’t be cured, it can certainly be treated. So, what is rosacea? In this article, Zap Laser Center will answer what rosacea is, its causes, and possible treatments.

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic condition that affects the center face and has flare-ups and remissions. While rosacea can manifest in numerous ways and at any age, it typically appears as intermittent flushing or redness on the cheeks and T zone after age 30.

Untreated inflammation can lead to the formation of pimples and bumps, as well as the growth of extra tissue that causes swelling and bumpiness on the nose in males. In half of the patients, the eyes also get irritated and look watery or bloodshot.

While rosacea may affect anybody, those with a fair complexion who are easily flushed or blushed are thought to be at the greatest risk of developing the condition. The condition is more common in women but more severe in males.

What Causes It?

Although the exact etiology of rosacea is uncertain, it is largely assumed to be inherited. Facial redness is most likely the beginning of an inflammatory process triggered by neurovascular dysfunction and the body’s immune system. Although there is no cure, medical therapy and lifestyle adjustments can improve to the point where these symptoms can be successfully managed. 

Individuals who think they could have rosacea should consult a dermatologist or another trained medical professional so that the condition may be properly diagnosed and treated before it worsens and becomes more disruptive to everyday life.

Treatment is Essential

Rosacea affects the self-esteem and self-confidence of those who suffer from it, leading them to avoid certain social situations or cancel social plans. Symptoms and indicators of rosacea can vary greatly from patient to patient, thus therapy must be tailored to each instance. Lasers and intense pulsed light sources could eliminate visible blood vessels or rectify nose deformity when necessary.

Zap Laser Center offers both microdermabrasion and photo rejuvenation to help treat rosacea. Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure that uses fine crystals to buff away the surface layer of skin, revealing the healthier, more evenly toned skin beneath. Meanwhile, photo rejuvenation is a non-invasive light treatment that uses different wavelengths to target specific skin concerns.

If you’re looking for a way to help manage your rosacea, consider scheduling an appointment with Zap Laser Center today! We will work with you to create a treatment plan that is best suited for your individual needs.

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