Are you over 30 and have occasional flushing on your face, or have bouts with irritated skin? It could be rosacea. The burning sensation, dry, irritated eyes, and ruddy complexion caused by rosacea can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.
The cause of rosacea is unknown, but Mount Nittany Health board-certified dermatologist Dr. Matthew Hazey, says there are things you can do to treat the symptoms:
- Pay attention to your eyes: red, irritated eyes are a symptom of rosacea and can affect your eyesight if left untreated. See your eye doctor or dermatologist right away for treatment options.
- Learn what triggers rosacea: Rosacea can appear unexpectedly, but other times it happens when you feel stressed, become overheated or are out in the sun for long periods. Keep a diary of when rosacea flares up so you can find patterns and avoid what triggers rosacea.
- Be kind to your skin: rosacea can make your skin super sensitive, so use rosacea-friendly makeup, less fragrant and astringent skincare products, and soft washcloths.
- Protect your skin from the sun: It only takes a few minutes of sun exposure to cause a flare-up. Hats and rosacea-friendly sunscreen can protect your face.
While rosacea is one of the most common conditions dermatologists treat, they also treat.
- skin cancer
- and more complex conditions.
If you have rosacea or are struggling with another skin condition, Mount Nittany Health Dermatology can provide relief. Learn by visiting https://mountnittany.org/specialty/dermatology/overview.