What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin disease marked by persistent facial redness and flushing. Typically, the redness is located on the cheeks, chin, forehead, and nose. Sometimes, facial redness is accompanied by swollen red bumps which resemble acne. Usually, rosacea symptoms emerge around age 30, presenting first as redness in the central face. Initially, the symptoms may come and go, but over time, the redness can become more persistent—appearing drastically more inflamed and swollen. Other symptoms may also emerge including: swollen red nose, burning skin, rough dry patches, large pores, broken blood vessels, and vision issues.  

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but researchers have found that it can be attributed to an overactive immune system, environmental factors, and genetics. Rosacea is more commonly found in women, but it can also affect men (and usually with more severity). Overall, rosacea primarily manifests in those that are fair-skinned and/or from Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry. However, people of all skin colors can develop rosacea. Although rosacea is a chronic skin condition, it is fairly common and can be effectively controlled with medical treatment.

Before & After Laser Treatment

If you are experiencing facial redness, bumps, or flushing skin, contact Bay Area dermatologist Dr. Adrianna Browne at Illustra Dermatology for rosacea consultation. Rosacea symptoms are unique for each patient, therefore Dr. Browne takes great care in developing a personalized treatment plan for rosacea patients. During your visit, Dr. Browne will evaluate your symptoms, and may suggest skincare products, antibiotics, dietary changes, and even laser treatments that can be completed at the Illustra Dermatology Bay Area office.

Dr. Browne is a board-certified dermatologist with over a decade of experience with rosacea treatment. She is proud to offer a variety of proven and affordable medical treatments, as well as lifestyle changes, that can effectively treat and control rosacea symptoms. Contact Dr. Browne at her Bay Area clinic, Illustra Dermatology, to consult about your rosacea treatment today.