Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Latham, NY
Do you seem to only break out on your nose and cheeks? You may have rosacea, a common, manageable skin condition. Expert dermatologist, Christine Yang-Finnin, MD, at Latham Dermatology in Latham, New York, can help you manage your rosacea and prevent breakouts. Call the office today, or schedule an appointment using the online booking button to learn more about rosacea.
Rosacea Q & A
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes your skin to turn red with visible blood vessels, usually along the cheeks and nose. It’s a common skin condition that can affect anyone, although you may be more at risk if you have a family history of rosacea, you’re fair-skinned, or you’re a woman.
There is no cure for rosacea, but Dr. Yang-Finnin can provide treatments to help reduce flare-ups.
Do certain activities trigger my rosacea?
If you have rosacea, you may begin to notice that certain triggers cause you to break out. Some of the most common include:
- Changes in temperature
- Medications that cause your blood vessels to dilate
You may also notice that certain cosmetics cause you to break out more than others. Identifying and avoiding your rosacea trigger can significantly reduce your breakouts.
What are the symptoms of rosacea?
Rosacea symptoms vary so much that it’s been categorized into subtypes based on symptoms.
People with subtype 1 rosacea tend to have sensitive skin that’s prone to redness and flushing. You may also develop visible blood vessels with this type of rosacea.
In addition to the redness and visible blood vessels, if you have subtype 2 rosacea, you’re also prone to acne breakouts along the nose and cheeks.
Subtype 3 is quite rare and causes the skin to thicken and become bumpy.
Subtype 4 affects your eyes, causing red or swollen eyelids.
Dr. Yang-Finnin determines the type of rosacea you have after an examination and review of your symptoms. You can have more than one subtype.
How is rosacea treated?
The first line of defense against protecting yourself from a rosacea breakout is identifying your triggers. Dr. Yang-Finnin can work with you to help find what causes your rosacea to flare.
She also recommends you protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunblock every day and covering up with a wide-brimmed hat and large sunglasses if you’re going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time.
Dr. Yang-Finnin can treat a flare-up and improve the look of your skin with specialized treatments, such as specialized medication.
To learn more about rosacea and your treatment options, call Latham Dermatology, or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.