Rosacea is a very common issue, but sadly, there is a lot of misinformation about it. April is actually Rosacea Awareness Month, so I want to inform you about what's really happening. In short, rosacea encompasses a skin type that has aspects of some but not necessarily all of the following features: facial flushing, facial redness, pimples, eye inflammation and sometimes, enlargement of the nose. People who easily flush are at risk for developing rosacea. There are four different subtypes of rosacea:
- Erythematotelangiectatic: In this type of rosacea, people may not have pimples. Instead, they may just have pronounced facial redness. Over time, people may develop broken capillaries, which are best treated with a procedure called Broadband Light (BBL). Dr. Bailey explains exactly how BBL works to help rosacea patients in her blog post called “Broadband Light: The Cosmetic Procedure to Slow Aging Skin.”
- Papulopustular: This is the type of rosacea in which people have recurrent red bumps and pustules (pimples) on their face. Oftentimes, the pimples feel somewhat itchy. Sometimes patients with this type of rosacea require an oral antibiotic to quiet the inflammation down.
- Phymatous: In longstanding rosacea, some people develop an enlargement of the oil glands leading to disfiguring enlargements of certain facial parts. In most cases, this leads to an enlarged, bulbous nose. But, other areas such as the chin, forehead, ears and eyelids may also be impacted. These enlargements sometimes require surgery to improve.
- Ocular: This is the type of rosacea that just affects the eyes. It can lead to red eyes and the sensation that something gritty is in the eye, which can be very irritating. People with this type of rosacea often have blepharitis (inflammation around the eyelashes) as well. The most effective treatment for this type of rosacea is oral antibiotics or special eye drops prescribed by an eye doctor.
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