What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition in which redness and small, pus-filled bumps develop on the face. It is a genetic inflammatory disorder with no known cause and is more common in people with fair skin and light eyes. A hypersensitivity to the sun and other factors cause the blood vessels near the surface of the skin to expand and the rush of circulation to the area make the complexion appear red. When the body notices an injury (in this case, the rush of circulation & dilation of blood vessels) it sends more inflammatory cells to the area in an attempt to fix the problem, which exacerbates it.
What are the causes?
The cause of rosacea is not known, but a combination of environmental and hereditary factors may be a source. Symptoms may be triggered or aggravated by extreme shifts in temperature, spicy foods and hot drinks, alcohol, sunlight, exercise, cosmetics, drugs that dilate the blood vessels and emotions.
Women, people with fair skin, people who are over the age of 30 and people with a family history of rosacea are more likely to develop this condition.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms of rosacea include:
- Facial redness, including small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks
- Pus-filled bumps on the face
- Irritated, swollen and dry eyes
- Reddened eyelids
- An enlarged nose
There is no cure for rosacea, but treatments can help to control and reduce these signs and symptoms.
Get treatments in Seattle, Washington
Again, we cannot cure rosacea, but we can control your symptoms and reduce the redness on your face. At Lifted Beauty + Wellness, we use Icon laser treatments to reduce facial redness. Icon’s MaxG handpiece uses intense pulsed light (IPL) technology to minimize spider veins, vascular lesions, sunspots, hyperpigmentation and redness. To find if Icon laser treatments are right for you, schedule a consultation today. If you live in the Madrona community of Seattle, use the form on our site to request your consultation or call/text us at (206) 299-1102.