Acne Rosacea

Acne Rosacea: Causes and Treatments

Acne rosacea is a skin condition characterized by facial redness, red bumps, acne-like pimples, and sometimes thickening of the skin. It is most commonly seen in middle-aged women and men, and is not the same as teenage acne. Acne rosacea is a chronic condition that is often misdiagnosed or misunderstood. While it is not contagious, it can cause significant discomfort and embarrassment.

What Causes Acne Rosacea?

There is no known cause for acne rosacea, but various triggers have been identified that can worsen the condition. Common triggers include stress, alcohol consumption, intense exercise, certain foods, exposure to sun and wind, extreme temperature changes, hot beverages, and certain medications.

Treating Acne Rosacea

While there is no cure for acne rosacea, many treatments exist to help reduce symptoms and improve self-esteem. Your dermatologist may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Topical medications – contains antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications and should be used twice a day
  • Oral medications – contain antibiotics and should be taken daily
  • Light and laser treatments – help reduce redness and facial bumps
  • Surgery and chemical skin peels

It is also important to avoid triggers that can worsen symptoms or cause flare-ups. Your dermatologist can help you develop an individualized plan that is right for you.