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Understanding Rosacea and Its Signs

Rosacea is a common skin disease that affects a large portion of Americans. Not all redness of the skin is rosacea, but all cases of rosacea causes redness and irritation of the skin. Rosacea can be misidentified as acne (or an allergic reaction), but it has its own set of symptoms.

Below we’ve identified its symptoms and ways to find relief.

What Exactly Is Rosacea?

Rosacea mostly commonly affects middle-aged women with fair skin; however, older adults are affected at higher rates than their younger counterparts. The cause of this condition is unknown and most likely linked to genetic disposition and environmental factors. It is not linked to poor hygiene.

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for rosacea, but there are many options for treating the symptoms and discomfort associated with rosacea.

Risk factors for rosacea include:

  • Fair skin (increased risk if sun damaged)
  • Are a woman
  • Aged 30 year or older
  • Smoking
  • Family history of rosacea

If you experience persistent facial redness, see your dermatologist for treatment.

Understanding the Symptoms

Symptoms of rosacea differ between persons, but generally rosacea can cause:

  • Redness of the face: This redness can be consistent, usually in the central part of the face.
  • Eye problems: Dryness of the eye, irritation and reddened, swollen eyelids.
  • Red bumps: These bumps resemble acne and can be swollen. Your skin may feel hot to the touch in these areas.

Over time, a buildup of tissue in or around the nose can occur, leading to a condition called rhinophyma, which occurs most often in men and develops slowly over a period of years.

Treatment Options

If you’re suffering from rosacea, we encourage you to talk to your dermatologist, who will be able to diagnose the severity of your rosacea and determine the best treatment option for you. Generally, we recommend a combination of prescription-strength gels and creams, as well as oral antibiotics to reduce redness and inflammation.

Of course, there are steps you can take at home to reduce your rosacea flare-ups. These include:

  • Wear protective layers and sunscreen of SPF 30 or more.
  • Understand your rosacea triggers and avoid those.
  • Use gentle facial products and avoid rubbing or touching your face.


How Cumberland Skin Can Help Your Rosacea

Cumberland Skin is your first line of defense against rosacea and its flare-ups. Our trained dermatologists will work with you and your unique needs to determine a plan of action for your skin success. We’ll diagnose your rosacea and provide effective treatments that work for you and your lifestyle.

If you’re struggling to deal with your rosacea, trust Cumberland Skin. We’ll provide compassionate, high-quality care so you can feel confident in your skin.

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Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology provides effective, compassionate general dermatology, skin cancer surgery and cosmetic dermatology solutions for our patients throughout the Southeast. With offices in Hermitage, Lebanon, Brentwood and Hendersonville, Tennessee, we’re your destination for high-caliber skincare. Visit our website at or give us a call today at 615-257-7128.

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