Make sure your acne isn’t actually something else

RosaceaIt’s estimated that this condition affects more than 16 million Americans, but many don’t even know they have it. It has some of the features of acne, but it’s not acne. It’s a common disorder, but not well understood. It can be treated, but not cured. And the number of people who are getting it is growing, as the large population of Baby Boomers is in the most susceptible age group for having it.

“It” is the frustrating skin problem or rosacea.

Signs and symptoms

Prior to being diagnosed, most people have known little about this skin disease. Here are signs and symptoms that may indicate that you or someone you know may have the condition — all of which appear somewhere on the face:

  • Red, irritated, blush-like or rosy coloring on forehead, cheeks, nose or chin
  • Pimple-like bumps
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Watery, irritated eyes
  • Symptoms that come and go or get worse

There are causes for most skin problems, but rosacea is unique

Probably one of the most disturbing facts about this skin condition is that the cause is unknown. However, there are treatments available that can help you control its effects. So if you think you have rosacea, the first step in dealing with it is to see your dermatologist – for a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

Don’t give up. There are treatments for this condition

The type of recommended therapy varies, depending on the severity and discomfort level of each patient. Some patients with more severe cases report that the symptoms make them feel self-conscious to the point of avoiding social situations – which calls for more serious treatment. Milder cases of rosacea, which can also be uncomfortable and unattractive, may respond well to minimal intervention methods.

Rosacea treatment can include:

  • Topical ointments
  • Topical creams
  • Medicated wipes
  • Laser therapy
  • Photodynamic therapy

A chronic skin problem, but highly manageable

Dr. Bucay specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of rosacea. So make an appointment today. We can help you learn more about the condition and the best ways to manage it. Call today: (210) 692-3000 or (210) 370-9995

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