Manage Symptoms of This Chronic Disease in Marco Island and Naples, FL
Rosacea is one of the most common skin disorders. Patients with rosacea in Naples and Marco Island will often complain of flushing with certain triggers (i.e. alcohol, heat, hot showers, stress, sun, spicy foods, and more). Another common presentation is acne in the area—typically on and around the nose in adults. The chronic disease is estimated to impact far more than 16 million Americans.
Individuals with rosacea will present the symptoms of acne pimples or flushing, but the chronic, lifelong condition can lead to other changes as well. Frequently, patients will develop a more permanent blush to their face, and many will do so with dilated blood vessels (called telangiectasias) that appear wiry. They may appear around the nose at first, then progress to the cheeks, chin, and forehead between the brows. A more advanced type is inflammatory rosacea, whereby patients develop acne lesions on the cheeks and nose.
More advanced, chronic versions may lead to changes, with the skin on the nose becoming thickened or bulbous. This condition, called rhinophyma, was thought to be caused by excessive alcohol intake, but we now understand it as a consequence of long-standing rosacea.
Inflammatory acne from this condition, red faces, and rhinophyma can cause significant psychological, social and occupational problems if left untreated. Fortunately, dermatologists have several therapeutic options for intervention now, from prescription topical medications for acne lesions and/or redness to oral medications that can significantly improve the acne pustules. Office-based medical dermatology treatments, such as the pulsed-dye laser V-Beam Perfecta®, can reduce redness and improve the appearance of blood vessels associated with this condition. Multiple treatments are required, which require little or no recovery time. Medical-grade cosmeceutical products to improve symptoms (including a SkinCeuticals® regimen and Resveratrol) are also available in the Skin Wellness Physicians office.