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What Causes Rosacea?

What Causes Rosacea?

If you have visible blood vessels or rough, red skin, you may have a common skin condition known as rosacea. Commonly mistaken for acne or a naturally ruddy complexion, rosacea’s exact cause is unknown. However, there are several environmental and hereditary factors that can trigger symptoms. Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald can help you determine the source of these flare-ups and create a custom treatment that reduces swelling and redness.

There are a variety of things that can cause flare-ups of rosacea, including:

  • Your genetics
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Red wine or other alcohol
  • Blood-pressure medications
  • Cosmetic products
  • Food that contains cinnamaldehyde (Such as tomatoes, chocolate and citrus)
  • Eating spicy food
  • Drinking hot tea or coffee
  • Sunlight
  • Wind
  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Smoking

Although the signs and symptoms of rosacea vary between individuals, most cases begin with persistent facial redness at the center of the face, especially around the nose and cheeks.

Many people also develop swollen bumps or pimples on their face that resemble acne. Over time, this can enlarge the sebaceous glands in your nose, thickening the skin and making it appear bulbous. In rarer cases, rosacea may occur around the eyelids, making them dry and irritated. If left untreated, rosacea will worsen, with flare-ups lasting weeks or months at a time.

There are also several risk factors that make someone more likely to develop rosacea. For example, it is common for people between the ages of 30 and 50 to develop the condition, as well as individuals with fair skin, blond hair, and blue eyes.

With nearly 30 years of experience in dermatology, Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald can help you control your rosacea and maintain a smooth complexion. Depending on the symptoms you are experiencing, Dr. Fitzgerald may recommend oral medications, antibiotic creams, or Vbeam Laser skin treatment.

Want to Know Your Options for Treating Rosacea? Call Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald Today

If you believe you have rosacea or desire clear, healthy skin, contact Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald today at 323-464-8046 to schedule an appointment. She can help you determine your triggers and design a plan to reduce your swelling and breakouts. We welcome patients living in Beverly Hills, Larchmont, and Los Angeles, CA.