Rosacea is a skin condition that can sometimes feel very bothersome. It often flares up when you least expect it. It’s estimated that at least 5.46% of people deal with rosacea but it’s sometimes misdiagnosed as acne or psoriasis.
Rosacea is an inflammatory condition that causes enlarged blood vessels in your face, small pus-filled bumps, and redness. Most people notice that it flares up at unpredictable times. The providers at Integrated Dermatology of 19th Street in Washington, DC, explain why rosacea tends to flare up in the winter.
Rosacea is a very common skin condition, affecting approximately 14 million people in the U.S. Some of the symptoms of rosacea may include the following:
If you think you have rosacea, see our dermatologists to get diagnosed rather than just trying to treat a suspected case by yourself.
Rosacea can lie dormant for quite a while with periods of flare-ups. Here are some of the triggers that can cause flare-ups:
Your individual triggers may vary from these. It’s important to keep a log of which things seem to cause a reaction.
As cold weather and stress are common triggers, it’s no suprise that rosacea often flares up in the winter. The wintry weather outside followed by indoor heating can be tough on your skin, leading to dryness, cracking, and flare-ups. Additionally, holiday stress and festive diets can take a toll as well.
That’s why during the winter, it’s especially important to keep an eye on your diet and stress levels and stay on top of your prevention and treatment routine.
When you have a rosacea flare-up, you’ll want to do everything that you can to try to manage it. Some of the best self-care measures for a rosacea flare-up include:
Many of these techniques should help give you some relief from your rosacea. If it doesn’t work, seeing a dermatologist can help.
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for rosacea but we can help you get a handle on a rosacea flare-up. Here are some of the things we may try:
Doctors may prescribe oral antibiotics to help manage your rosacea. These medications include tetracycline antibiotics, which are usually prescribed for 6-12 weeks, depending on the severity of your rosacea flare-up.
You can use topical medications, either alone or in addition to taking oral antibiotics. The topical medications may include metronidazole gel or cream, azelaic acid, sulfacetamide sodium or sulfur, brimonidine gel, or topical ivermectin.
Our doctors can also try other procedures to help a rosacea flare-up. These include the following:
If you think you have rosacea, you should seek a consultation with our dermatologists. Contact the providers at Integrated Dermatology of 19th Street or request an appointment online.